Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics: LeBron James helps Cavs tie series

LeBron’s son can’t even believe how good his dad is right now

ClevelandLeBron James scored 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 Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home.

In what could be his final game in Cleveland, James played 46 minutes and erupted for 46 points on 17-for-33 shooting.

We can do the whole LeBron vs Michael Jordan debate to death, but with James preparing to play in his eighth straight NBA Finals, it's more interesting to examine what makes him so exceptional in his own unique way.

Boston will now try to win the series by beating James and the Cavs at TD Garden, where the Celtics are 10-0 in the postseason.

James, who battled fatigue in Wednesday's game five loss, played an incredible 46 of a possible 48 minutes in the game six win.

Boston continued to apply the pressure, however, with Terry Rozier cutting the lead to 10 with his fifth three-pointer of the night in the dying seconds of the third. James, who has the highest scoring average in elimination games in National Basketball Association history at 34.1 points per game, has won his past five Game 7s, including the first round this season against the Indiana Pacers.

"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", Lue said.

LeBron was already putting up MVP-caliber numbers in the regular season, but he's since taken his game to a different level.

Marcus Smart was absolutely right following Game 6.

Seventeen of those points came in the second quarter, when he made his first three 3-pointers of the game and attempted his first six free throws.

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James has said in the past he plans to retire a Cavalier but this is his second stint in Cleveland after he left once before for Miami in 2010.

"He's the best player in the game", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Playing without Kevin Love, the Cavaliers rallied back from an eight-point first-quarter deficit.

The Golden State Warriors are on the brink of elimination for the first time since the 2016 NBA Finals, or maybe more appropriately, the Western Conference finals of the same year.

"I'll be available for at least four more games", James said, "and we'll see what happens".

James, who added 11 rebounds and nine assists and shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range, smiles back at his son and keep the reasoning simple for why he was able to convert a variety of shots. No matter whether we are picked to win or not, we have a great game plan.

Jayson Tatum finished with 15. "I haven't always been successful, obviously, I haven't won every elimination game, but I've had some really good games and I've had some sub-par games as well".

He also commented on his recovery routine and how it changes once the playoffs begin and the rest between games gets shorter. Forwards Jeff Green (14 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks) and Larry Nance Jr.

Yet when you have James, all you want is an opportunity.

James has played more minutes and scored more points and had to do more than any other player on any team in these playoffs.

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