Now, the only question is who the Cavaliers will play for a chance at their second title in three years: The Rockets host Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Golden State on Monday night, and the victor will host the opener of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
The Celtics took the Cavs to the brink of elimination, leading the series three games to two heading into Game 6 in Cleveland. She posted congrats to James after he won his first championship with the Heat back in 2012, and followed him without question to Cleveland when he made a decision to head back to his hometown.
James, who entered with an NBA-record Game 7 average of 34.9 points, improved to 6-2 lifetime in Game 7s. Once the postseason hit, he's managed to improve those numbers to 15.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
"We've been counted out for a long time this season", James said postgame on ESPN.
The Cavaliers will take on either the reigning champion Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets in the championship series. The lone All-Star on a team in Game 7 of a Conference Finals needs to shoot more than that. I just go out and play my game. "It's a Game 7", James said.
Before Friday night's game, Cleveland coach Ty Lue told his team (and others), "Three, three, three", meaning their season had either three hours, three days or three weeks remaining.
"The pain is part of the path", said a disappointed Celtics coach Brad Stevens. He needs to make shots outside the paint, but I think the most important thing for Tatum on Sunday will be getting to the rim. It's ridiculous, and he does it at this level and with the pressure, with the scrutiny - doesn't matter.
NBA playoffs: LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to fourth straight finals over Boston Celtics
James played all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career and is already at 100 for the year with at least four more to come. Korver said. "But we got 23 on our side". I just know he's built for stardom; he's built for success.
Boston was denied its first Finals trip since 2010, when it lost to the rival Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.
The biggest star in the National Basketball Association, the greatest player of this generation, one of the five best players in history had something he needed to say to the 20-year-old rookie.
Love's replacement starter, Jeff Green, scored 19 points with eight rebounds and one assist.
Young forward Tatum followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead.
"I just love everything about the kid", James said. They traded Isaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving, who was eager to prove that he could succeed as his team's best player after years of being LeBron's sidekick in Cleveland.
Next year, barring any offseason moves, the Celtics will trot out a lineup of Irving, Hayward, Tatum, Brown and Horford, with Rozier, Marcus Morris, Daniel Theis and should he re-sign in the offseason, Marcus Smart coming off the bench.
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In fact, for the second consecutive year, Seattle added more people in 2017 than all the King County suburbs combined. L.A., by the way, was the nation's No. 2 city for overall population behind New York City.