LeBron puts pressure on Boston as Cavs tie series
LeBron James continues to play at an abnormal level in the NBA Playoffs.
On Monday, James scored 44 points for the Cavaliers in a vital Eastern Conference finals victory — 111-102 over the Boston Celtics to tie the series at 2-2. It was his sixth 40-point game in the 15 he has played this postseason.
Game 4 was different for James as he dominated down-low, scoring 13 baskets in the paint, the second most in his playoff career.
The Records continue to pile up
He now has twenty-two 30-point playoff games and four 40-point playoff games against the glorious Celtics franchise, moving into Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West territory. He passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most baskets in postseason history (in five fewer games). He already has the most points and steals among anyone in playoff history.
Tristan Thompson showed up
Tristan Thompson played stellar defense and scored 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds. He added two of the Cavs’ eight blocks, one of the reasons the Celtics missed an exorbitant 19 shots in the paint in Game 4.
The Cavs have completely turned around this series after falling down 0-2 after two losses away from Quicken Loans arena. Before Game 3 started, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was getting a lot of praise and rightfully so, he has coached up this Celtics team without Kyrie Irving and Gordan Hayward. But coaching and battling down-low with LeBron James is a different animal.
The Celtics do not win away from home
The Celtics are 1-6 this postseason away from home, with their only win coming in overtime against the 76ers in Game 3 of the second round series.
Boston does have home-court advantage, but LeBron James is more than capable to steal one game away from Ohio.
For now, the series is tied and the team’s head back to Boston for Game 5 on Wednesday. The winner will earn home-court advantage with a pivotal Game 6 destined for Friday night in Cleveland.