" ... Aside from a Herculean effort from LeBron James that just overwhelms Boston, I just can't see Boston losing this game ..." Whether guys play or not, I believe when we put them in that they'll help us. "We can't just rely on being at home for an excuse that it's going to be easy".
Those watching on Twitter couldn't help but fawn over James' greatness.
James did receive support from point guard George Hill's 20 points and bench players Jeff Green and Nance Jr with 14 and 10 points respectively.
Game seven will be in Boston from 10.30am AEST on Monday.
The key, though, was James. Celtics coach Brad Steven was asked if the challenge of defending James over 46 dominant minutes ever enters his mind.
In a closeout game six, you better believe he is going to bring something special, because he has never been anything short of spectacular in closeout games.
"I've been fortunate enough to play some good basketball through my career", said the 33-year-old American.
LEBRON James has pulled out one of the greatest individual performances of his career to will Cleveland to a deciding game seven in their Eastern Conference Finals clash with Boston. "And that's saying a lot because the Garden can get pretty loud". We had to play 'Bron as many minutes as he had to. Moments later, Love fell to the court in pain. The Celtics went to Al Horford in the post eight times in the opening 12 minutes and the Cavs mostly sent an extra defender at Horford, which seemed to play into the Celtics' hands. "I was hoping for the best".
"I think the unfortunate events of the injuries that they've had have allowed him to, I believe, get better faster than I believe they expected here".
James was getting rebounds, handing out assists, getting steals, and even had a chasedown block.
"To have him on our side, it kind of lets me take a deep breath of fresh air. It was just a feeling that you can't explain unless you've been a part of it".
"I thought Baynes gave them a physicality, protected the lane and protected the paint", Tyronn Lue said.
"Our team is built on me being out on the floor to make plays not only for myself but for others". "He just fought through everything tonight. His talent, his composure, where he comes from has allowed him to be successful so he's a very, very, very good player already and he definitely at this pace can become a great player". Love sat briefly before heading to the locker room for further evaluation.
Find a way to win in Game 7 and return to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year with the Cavs (eighth overall, including his four years with the Heat), and maybe his free-agent decision is swung back in Cleveland's favor, keeping the Cavs atop a changing Eastern Conference power structure.
"But there's no question in my mind he'll bounce back tomorrow". "He was up for the challenge".