IN NUMBERS: LeBron James and the NBA Finals


Dr. Jekyll never misses a three; Mr. Hyde can't make one to save his life (They were 7-of-39 in Game 7).

They'll face the victor of Monday night's Game 7 showdown between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. Cleveland has faced the Warriors in the last three NBA Finals, winning in 2016 and losing in 2015 and 2017. Game 1 of the NBA Finals will be played Thursday on the home court of the Western Conference champion. Their third duel in a row made National Basketball Association history previous year, and still managed to average more than 20 million viewers a game.

"I tried to squeeze the orange until there was no more juice", James told reporters after logging 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing all 48 minutes of the series finale.

The five-time All-Star barely had a chance to do anything on Friday night at The Q, and he's out for tonight's Game 7 in Boston after inadvertently cracking heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum early in the affair. Al Horford added 17 points and Marcus Morris had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.

The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics, 87-79, in Game 7, handing Boston its first loss at home in these playoffs.

- Jeff Green, who the Celtics drafted fifth overall in 2007 and soon after traded him as part of the deal for Ray Allen, scored 19 points filling in for Kevin Love (concussion) in the starting lineup.

The Celtics led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and they had a 51-47 lead midway through the third quarter when James hit a long 3-pointer and then Green made a 3 of his own.

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GETTY Shaquille O’Neal fears the Celtics will crack under pressure

Heading into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a lot was at stake for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James already does enough to make this the most hard game for this core of players, and the Celtics know they can generate the easier looks that will put the pressure on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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"Honestly, I ignore it, because I know what our team is capable of", Green said of the criticism James' teammates receive. "I thought that added to probably the shooting the rest of the game".

LeBron James stood below the baseline glaring at Terry Rozier, seemingly incredulous that the Boston Celtics' young point guard would have the audacity to try to dunk in transition with James in the vicinity.

"He's unbelievable man, he's the best player in the world and I'm glad he's by my side". "We obviously have a good thing going".