Against all odds, the Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to their fourth straight NBA Finals, after the visitors from Ohio defeated the Boston Celtics 87-79 on Sunday evening at the TD Garden.
Leading the way for the Cavaliers, 9/2 to win the NBA Championship, was LeBron James, as the 33-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio had a game-high 35 points while pulling down 15 rebounds and dishing out nine assists for a double-double for the contest.
It was, in many ways, a defining moment for LeBron, as Cleveland were without Kevin Love and he was essentially dragging a team of complimentary parts to the NBA Finals. Impressively the Cavaliers locked down the Celtics in the second half, as the hosts only scored 36 points after the mid-game break.
Cleveland will head out on the road for the first game of the NBA finals, as both the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets had a better record in the regular season this year. As noted James was without his main running mate in Love, as the UCLA product missed the game after failing the NBA's concussion protocol, but the big man is expected to be back for the first game of the Finals.
Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics in defeat, as the 20-year-old rookie small forward from St Louis, Missouri had a team-high 24 points while grabbing seven rebounds and passing out one assist for the game.
Tatum really grew up over the postseason and will be one of the main keys for the future as Boston seem likely to battle the Philadelphia 76ers for Eastern Conference supremacy.
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