James dominates as Cavs down Celtics to stay alive

Elena Summers
May 26, 2018

King James notched a near triple-double, tallying 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists while spending 46 minutes on the court in Cleveland's 109-99 win.

LeBron James produced another epic playoff performance Friday as the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed alive in the National Basketball Association playoffs with a 109-99 victory over the Boston Celtics.

"It feels good just to be able to play for another game", said James, who has been to seven straight NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland.

Trailing 97-90, Marcus Smart out-wrestled James for a loose ball that led to a transition scoring opportunity for Brown whose 3-pointer hit the back of the rim and bounced out.

It was his seventh 40-point performance of the 2018 playoffs, tying Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan (1989) for second-most 40-point games in a single post-season behind the eight of Jerry West in 1965. He left the game with 6:58 left and did not return.

And he's just one more 40-point playoff game away from tying yet another National Basketball Association record.

Boston took a haymaker from James in Game 2 and still managed to blow past the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 2-0 series lead.

The Celtics got off to a strong start, in part due to Jaylen Brown's 15-point first quarter.

Kevin Love was not diagnosed with a concussion nor placed in the league's protocol in the first few hours after his nasty collision with Jayson Tatum, but all of that could still change.

That second one had James going - he knew the game was sealed.

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. Every time you're standing out there, every time you watch him on film. He finished with 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, that included two unbelievable dagger 3-pointers in the final minutes.

He was especially aggressive in the first half, when he piled up 25 points to help Cleveland build a double-digit lead. Cleveland out-rebounded them 44-to-31 and had 15 offensive boards.

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