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NBA: Celtics push James, Cavs to brink with Game 5 win

"I tried to get him to bang his other knee so then we could have 24 (points after the injury)", Lue joked.

Given how successful they were in Game 5, it's probably safe to bet the Celtics might play similar starters and rotations in Game 6.

The Celtics held James to two fourth-quarter points, earning their 10th straight victory in Boston to remain ideal at home this postseason and move within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010. LeBron James - who else - led the way with 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

James, who entered with an NBA-record Game 7 average of 34.9 points, improved to 6-2 lifetime in Game 7s. "I think that the way in which he's done that and all of the years now that he's made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it's unbelievable".

"Just a lot of heart, a lot of grit", James told ESPN after the game. Interestingly, that was also the last time James was down 2-0 in a series in the East, which the Celtics closed out in six. "I was about to take one and Bron said, "No, I'm good", Lue added.

Just when you thought LeBron James couldn't impress you again, he did just that. "It's just something special". The Cavaliers announced at halftime that Love - who has been in the concussion protocol multiple times in the past - would not return for the balance of Game 6, and was being evaluated for a concussion.

Cleveland controlled the game for the balance of the final three quarters with LeBron's steady hand at the controls, despite losing All-Star power forward Kevin Love midway through the first after a head-to-head collision with Tatum.

"Our focus - LeBron's focus - is to win", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. Several left before the game had officially ended. "No concerns. You've got to be ready to play now". "The guys came together and played for Kevin". And like a fine wine, James has only gotten better with age.

The Cavs got off to a rocky start, with five first-quarter turnovers almost matching their seven field goals. Not only that, but he was also a ideal 5-for-5 from the floor while being a plus-10.

"Pretty obvious that we haven't been as good on the road, and when we get that opportunity on Friday, we need to play better, and that's the bottom line. We couldn't make. And if you don't make, it's going to come back to bite you". He threw a lob up to Larry Nance Jr.as he closed in on the rim.

"(Playoffs are) all about the fight; all about the toughness", said Nance Jr.

"We have one more game to be able to compete for a championship, what more can you ask for?" "Playoffs are a different animal". "Right around the trade deadline, no matter if we made a trade or not at that point in time, I kind of just switched my mindset on saying, 'Let's get this most out of this season I can.' I'm determined to get the most". Boston looks to stay on the positive side of history where home teams are 103-26 all-time in Game 7.

Here's to hoping Love not only feels better, but is able to pass all the tests in the next couple days so the Cavs can be at full strength for their biggest game of the season. Totals 38-74 11-20 99. "I look forward to seeing us respond on Friday night".

Irving has been a familiar presence on the Celtics' bench during home games throughout the postseason, and teammates, especially new starting point guard Terry Rozier, have raved about the leadership and guidance he has provided behind the scenes.

On Wednesday night, Boston shot just 36.5 percent and still won by 13.

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