LeBron James' playoff average in 15th season is crushing the competition

LeBron James' playoff average in 15th season is crushing the competition

LeBron James' playoff average in 15th season is crushing the competition

James later finished the exquisite performance with back-to-back 3-pointers in a 40-second span late in the fourth quarter from his patented spot on the left wing to provide the cushion the Cavs needed to finish the job.

Love has suffered at least two concussions prior concussions - one knocked him out of Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals and another kept him out of a regular-season game on March 28.

Boston held its own with the Cavs for most of the third quarter, but that won't cut it when looking at a double-digit lead Cleveland refused to relinquish.

Cleveland forced a winner-take-all showdown behind another legendary performance from the four-time NBA MVP, who went off for 46 points (17-of-33 from the floor, 5-of-7 from beyond the arc), 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals Friday night.

And leading the charge was James who played every single second of the game until there were 57.3 seconds to play in the third quarter and 57.0 seconds to play with Cleveland ahead 109-97. Brown lit it up with 15 first-quarter points, converting a pullup with 8.3 seconds remaining that put Boston ahead 25-20.


Celtics head coach Brad Stevens could only chuckle when asked if it ever comes into his mind that his team is facing a generational talent like James.

Cleveland would push its lead to as many as 14 points before settling in for a 54-43 lead at the half. Jayson Tatum added 15 points while Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris both ended up with 10. It was the most he has scored in an elimination game and only three points shy of his playoff career high of 49. Tatum was dazed, but Love crumpled to the court.

"We have another opportunity on Friday to be as good as we can be, play Cavs basketball on our home floor and force a Game 7".

Love fell to the ground after the incident and eventually rose to his feet with the help of the Cavs medical staff which did a preliminary evaluation of him on the bench.

And now we're headed back to Boston for one final showdown.

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