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The Cleveland Cavaliers forced a Game Seven with a 109-99 win over the Boston Celtics. Boston started off strong. At the 6:58 mark of the first quarter, the Cavaliers Kevin Love went to the locker room after a head butt with Jayson Tatum.

Jaylen Brown was on a roll with 15 points on 6-of-8 from the field at the end of the first quarter. The Celtics led 26-to-20 at the 2:58 mark of the second quarter when Cleveland went on a run to make the score 38-33. The Celtics were relying on three-pointers to take the lead. Not the way to go.

The first half ended with a Terry Rozier 3-pointer and a Marcus Smart disruption of the following Cavaliers move to the hoop and a score of 54-43 in favor of Cleveland. Lebron James was the high scorer for the first half with 25 points, adding five rebounds and five assists. Jaylen Brown was top scorer for Boston with 17 points.



It was announced that Kevin Love would not be returning in the second half of the game as a precaution. Love's collision with Tatum appeared to have a disorienting effect on him, and the Cavaliers are apparently taking the safe route.

The third quarter saw the Celtics taking too many questionable shots and falling behind 63-47, the largest deficit of the game.


And of course, after that tweet, Tatum hits a three-pointer. But Boston had virtually no fast break points in this game by this point.


So this is the game that Jeff Green decides to become a star. By the 2:12 mark of the third quarter. he had 14 points. George Hill also chose this game to come alive with 18 points at the same juncture. The third quarter ended with the Cavaliers up 83-73.


The Celtics made it a contest with a score of 97-90 in favor of the Cavaliers with 3:54 left in the game. But as the game was coming to a close, Lebron James took over. He put up two dagger three-pointers to make it 107-96 in favor of Cleveland at the 1:40 mark. We all knew The King would do a bounce-back, and he did just that.

James ended the game with 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Terry Rozier was high scorer for Boston with 28 points, followed by Jaylen Brown with 27 points. It is back to Boston for Game Seven where the Celtics have been close to unbeatable.

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Tom Lane 5/25/2018 11:11:00 PM Edit
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