"I didn't know if we were going to make trades or not", he said. "This (Boston) team was undefeated in the postseason at home, and for us to be able to do this, and for me to be able to lead these guys, it's a treat". They were able to take care of the first part - and did it basically without Love, with former Celtics player Jeff Green filling in and having a strong game.
Still down four points with almost seven minutes left in the game, Tatum chose to take things into his own hands.
James registered 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing all 48 minutes of the Game Seven Eastern Conference decider.
James poured in 35 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished out 9 assists in the Game 7 victory in Boston. They have to be exhausted, and that's no way to go into a series against Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors, who blew Cleveland away in five games previous year, or James Harden and a Rockets team that can be every bit as potent on one end and lock teams down on the other.
It led to head coach Tyronn Lue calling it arguably the best game of the 33-year-old's storied career.
Reaction to Zidane's Real Madrid exit
Zidane, 45, had been under pressure to win the European crown after finishing way off the pace behind La Liga winners Barcelona. The club loves to change managers, no boss is ever truly safe there and talk is already rife about who will succeed Zidane.
After the Cavaliers stunned the Boston Celtics in Game 7 on Sunday night, the Warriors did the same to the Houston Rockets one night later, rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit to claim the 101-92 win and set up another chapter in the NBA's best rivalry.
The Cavs didn't exactly miss Love in his absence against Boston. If it is the former, it will be the fourth finals in as many years featuring Golden State and Cleveland.
The Warriors beat the Rockets 115-86 on Saturday to level the series and force their decisive game seven on Monday in Houston. Cleveland won Game 6 comfortably, outscoring the Celtics by 14 points after Love went to the locker room midway through the first quarter. Most notably, the team successfully moved on from Kyrie Irving in a big trade that initially went bust.
The odds had appeared stacked against Cleveland, who came from 3-2 down in the series. "I work on my game".
"He's had a lot of gaudy games, but I just think Game 7, in Boston, all the circumstances that surround Boston, the history behind Boston, playing a team that's very well-coached, a good, young team that's undefeated in the playoffs at home", Lue said, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
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