Either way, the Cavs will have to get the win if they want to continue their 2017-18 season. Playing 47 minutes, he finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and two other blocks.
In James's third season, he made his first trip to the playoffs.
James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance - he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes - to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about his future.
After contesting a shot by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, James' teammate Larry Nance Jr. fell and crashed into James' exposed right leg. LeBron wasn't able to avoid the contact and felt his leg awkwardly bent inwards. Tatum, who was not called for a foul, did not display any adverse effects, and played for the remainder of the game.
"The love of the game", James said, explaining his reaction.
So now it's Game 7.
Even though he hasn't been great this series, Love was still a focal point in Cleveland's offense.
LeBron James chose Boston as the place he'll play next. That's something more than the Bucks in round one. But a thin supporting cast is made much more noticeable with the absence of Love. He hasn't lost a game 7 in the National Basketball Association playoffs since George W. Bush was president.
But the Cavs have LeBron James - the best player in the world - who's looking to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season with the Cavs and eighth consecutive season overall.
After the first quarter, the Cavs were down 25-20. When the Celtics get that complete effort they can overwhelm the Cavaliers. Will Cleveland manage to advance to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season despite being the underdog?
The Celtics know they can fight, and they know they can fight for their playoff lives at home. As a team, they shot 51% from the field and 43% from three-point range.
These young Celtics already have their Game 7 win, over Milwaukee at home in the first round.
As if Thompson's production wasn't enough, Stephen Curry scored 29 points with five three-pointers and Kevin Durant picked up 23 points, 10 of which were earned at the free-throw line. They won the first one, against IN, but that one was IN Cleveland. The Celtics know that they can come together and beat James at his best, but they need each and every player to do it.
Let's get ready for his next one by ranking his first seven Game 7's. They're 10-0 on their home floor, and they've been very successful against us, obviously, at home. Boston has only managed to win one road game in the 2018 Playoffs, but it still finds itself one win away from the NBA Finals.
"We played tremendous defense on both shots". He's 12 for 22 from beyond the arc during the past five games, good for a 55 percent clip, but he's passed up open looks the past two games.