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|LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in todayâ€™s game.
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James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home before their adoring fans.
Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasnâ€™t so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Bostonâ€™s comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a tight series that is now a best-of-three.
Cleveland is trying to become the 20th team â€“ out of 300 â€“ to overcome a 2-0 deficit and James, who has already orchestrated two such rallies and is seeking his eighth straight finals, is a step closer to a third.
To do it again the Cavs will have to win in Boston, where the Celtics are 9-0 this postseason.
â€ťWe know itâ€™s going to be a hostile environment,â€ť James said. â€ťWe know their fans are going to be very energetic. But we have to just have our same mindset we had when we came home for these two games. If our minds are there, we put ourselves in a position to be victorious.â€ť
Game 5 is Wednesday night at TD Garden, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens is trying to stay positive with a team that has given up a 2-0 lead and fell to 1-6 on the road in these playoffs.
â€ťItâ€™s the best two out of three to go to the NBA Finals. Doesnâ€™t get better than that,â€ť he said. â€ťUltimately Shaquem Griffin Jersey Seahawks , anybody that didnâ€™t think this was going to be tough, I mean, everything is tough. In this deal, itâ€™s a blast to have to grit your teeth, get up off the mat and go after it again.â€ť
Kyle Korver added 14 points and Clevelandâ€™s sharp-shooting 37-year-old added three block and several hustle plays, outrunning three Celtics in one sequence and diving for a loose ball.
â€śIâ€™ve loved Kyle ever since we made the trade to get him hereâ€ť James said. â€ťI donâ€™t remember Kyle falling too much like that. Iâ€™ve got to keep his body as fresh as possible. But listen, heâ€™s doing whatever it takes to try to help us win, with the blocks, with the strips. Obviously his shot making is very key for our team as well, but itâ€™s just the intangibles heâ€™s doing for us defensively.â€ť
Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who won despite 19 turnovers and two assists in the second half. Kevin Love had just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting and was in foul trouble Tennessee Titans Jerseys Womens , but he made a big 3-pointer and follow shot in the fourth quarter.
Jaylen Brown scored 25 and Boston had all five scorers in double figures, but the Celtics fell behind by 19 in the first half and didnâ€™t have enough to catch Cleveland.
And, of course, they didnâ€™t have James, who moved past Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) for the most field goals in playoff history. James also recorded his 25th career postseason game with at least 40 points â€“ his sixth in this postseason.
The Celtics hung around in the second half and pulled within 100-93 on Marcus Smartâ€™s basket with 4:29 left. But Thompson got free for a dunk, and after a miss by Boston, James recovered after making his seventh turnover by making a steal and layup.
Moments later, James drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to finally put away the young Celtics, who will now feel the immense pressure of trying to hold off the three-time champion.
â€ťHeâ€™s the best in the game at evaluating the court and figuring out what he wants and where he wants it,â€ť Stevens said. â€ťThe thing about it is that you just have to battle. You just have to make it as hard as possible Youth Minnesota Vikings Hats , because heâ€™s going to find a matchup that he ultimately wants.â€ť
Stevens considered changing his starting lineup, but decided to stick with the same first five â€“ Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier â€“ as the first three games.
Bostonâ€™s starters held their own, but none of them was able to match James when it mattered most.
â€ťYou hope he misses, thatâ€™s about it,â€ť Rozier said. â€ťHeâ€™s a big body and youâ€™ve just got to keep him in front, and hope he misses.â€ť
Celtics: Stevens was evasive about his starting lineup during his pregame news conference, not wanting to give the Cavs any advance notice. â€ťWe will start five people. I promise Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys Womens ,â€ť he said, drawing laughs from media members. â€¦ Injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving are not traveling with the team so they can continue their respective rehabs. Both have been sitting on the bench with their teammates in Boston.
Cavaliers: Won their seventh straight playoff game at home. â€¦ Love threw one of his patented â€ťtouchdownâ€ť passes in the first quarter to James, who outmaneuvered Smart and Brown like a wide receiver to make the catch and score. â€¦ Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in last monthâ€™s NFL draft, attended the game. â€¦ Improved to 9-3 vs. Boston in the playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.
James seems to reach a milestone every game and he was honored to pass Abdul-Jabbarâ€™s mark.
â€ťTo know where I come from, small city 35 miles south of here, and to hear Iâ€™m in the same category or talked about and jumping these greats in the playoffs â€“ itâ€™s pretty cool,â€ť he said. â€ťYou hear the scoring, the field goals made, and for a kid that really doesnâ€™t care much about scoring.â€ť
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