LeBron Masterclass Levels Series, Sets Up Cavs-Celtics Decider

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James roars in delight after nailing a three-pointer against the Boston Celtics

The Cavaliers star was approached by his son Bryce on his way to the locker after scoring 46 points in 46 minutes on 17-of-33 shooting in Cleveland's 109-99 win over the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

That levelled the series at 3-3 and offers a do-or-die showdown in Boston for James to inspire the Cavs to a fourth successive NBA Finals and an eighth straight Finals for the forward himself.

James did receive support from point guard George Hill's 20 points and bench players Jeff Green and Nance Jr with 14 and 10 points respectively.

James now has won six straight Game 7s.

Terry Rozier pumped in six three-pointers and led Boston with 28 points while Jaylen Brown gunned in 27.

To examine that question, ESPN brought in NBA Insiders Chris Herring, Kevin Arnovitz, Micah Adams, Kevin Pelton, and André Snellings - none of whom give the Cavs more than a 50 percent chance to advance - and asked them how a loss tonight would change James' tomorrow.

"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. James also recorded his 25th career postseason game with at least 40 points - his sixth in this postseason.

The real possibility that James was playing his last game in Cleveland hung over the game - and this city - in the hours leading to tip-off.

He's right. Game 6 tips at 8:30 p.m.

"I don't enjoy being in a position where you lose and go home, but just try to extend the series as long as I can and just try put myself and my team in position to continue to play", he said.

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Brown poured in 15 points as the Celtics took a 25-20 lead after the first period, which was just the start they were looking for after falling behind by 15 after one in Game 3 and by 16 in Game 4.

"We know it is a challenge on their home floor", James said. "I thought that added to probably the shooting the rest of the game".

"I think we've played now until May 25th and May 27th the last two years, and we started on September 25th", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State. "I can't say enough good things about him", Stevens said of James.

Still down four points with almost seven minutes left in the game, Tatum made a decision to take things into his own hands.

That's just one of many reasons I can't wait for Sunday's game.

The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March.

You might be saying, "What has James really accomplished?"

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.

As the series shifts to a Game 7, a moment LeBron labels the "best two words in sports", one of the games greatest players may have one more trick up his sleeve. I think about the teams that I've played over this run and the players that I've played over this run, slightly. James scored 45 points to lead Cleveland past the Pacers. LeBron up to 12 points and 4 rebounds.

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