Boston, on the other hand, finished as the two seed in the Eastern Conference without their two best players.
Did you really think LeBron James was going to let the Cavaliers lose on their home court in an elimination game? The Celtics lead the series, 3-2, and can get to the NBA Finals with a win in Cleveland on Friday.
If the first five games of the Eastern Conference Finals are any indication, the Game 6 result isn't hard to predict.
The first quarter of Game 5 ticked away with Kyle Korver, the Cleveland Cavaliers' third-leading scorer in the playoffs, plastered to the bench. He can be a free agent at season's end and will consider coming back to the Cavs as well as a host of other options.
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James also has some bitter memories in Boston.
Somewhat less important, but no less pivotal given the way its postseason has gone, Cleveland turned in one of its better defensive efforts of late.
So, yes, the stakes couldn't be higher.
"I didn't think we played well tonight at all", said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue. I know he'll be great tomorrow, and then after that we'll see.
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LeBron James was admittedly exhausted in Game 5 and the rest of the team will have to step up if they are going to return to the Finals, where LeBron James has been the last seven years. That helped the Cavaliers pull out a 109-99 victory. He's averaging 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game in the playoffs.
Love did not return to the game.
Much of the credit goes to Boston's No.1 ranked defense, but Cleveland deserves a large share of the blame. The Cavs were forced into 15 turnovers. They outrebounded the Cavaliers, 45-39, and were more careful with the ball.
Starting guard J.R. Smith made only three of 22 shots in the three games in Boston for a total of six points. Korver played just 19 minutes in Game 5, the fewest since the Round One opener against in when Korver wasn't healthy.
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"Yeah, every time we watch".
"I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games". "We look forward to having an opportunity to force a Game 7 (in Boston May 27)".
LeBron James sat closest to the locker room door in the aftermath of another bad road loss, mostly silent with both knees wrapped in ice.
"I think his composure is impressive, he plays above his age", James told National Basketball Association reporters before Game 5.
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The Internet went nuts watching James dominate Friday night, especially after that huge deep bucket - calling him the GOAT, the king and, of course, re-igniting the never-ending LeBron James vs.