LeBron James flips elimination-game game on its head

Marcus Smart jokes about not being named to NBA All Defensive Team

Marcus Smart jokes about not being named to NBA All Defensive Team

The Celtics grabbed a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 96-83 win in Game 5 at TD Garden, and now the series shifts back to Cleveland for a win-or-go-home Game 6 for the Cavs.

The Boston Celtics are now one game away from preventing the what was thought as the inevitable - LeBron James going to another NBA Finals.

I'd be willing to bet that this Cleveland team finishes ten games under.500 without LeBron James on the roster.

There was the running one-hand banker at the buzzer in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, ending a night during which he had 38 points.

"I've never went to any season saying, 'OK, let's have a Finals streak, ' " James said. Cleveland offered little resistance during another blowout loss to Boston in Game 5.

LeBron has scored 40 points and/or had a triple-double in six straight elimination games, winning five of them. He's the NBA's all-time leading scorer when his team is facing elimination. James said he remembered the visit, then offered high praise for modern-day Tatum. "It doesn't get any better than that", he said. He's my workout partner.

Love was replaced by Jeff Green, who sparked the Cavs to a 54-43 halftime lead.

And his age-33 season isn't like other all-time great age-33 seasons because James started his National Basketball Association career at 18.

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One of them is Jayson Tatum.

LeBron James drove into the paint on the play. "That's the only thing that matters".

James had one basket on four shots in the fourth quarter, and afterward conceded that he was worn down. "And I'm pretty sure both teams are thinking that way".

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game.

That's when the Cavaliers fought back. Morris shoved Nance back, hitting him in the side of the face.

Aron Baynes and Brown came in to break it up, and Terry Rozier put a body on Nance.

It all ended with Morris, Nance and Rozier receiving technical fouls. The reason was simple: Cleveland does not have the talent to run with the Celtics. He's shooting 49.5% the field, 46.4% on 3-pointers and 93% from the line. They say they don't think about free agency or trade rumors. "That showed and they came up with the victory".

The Celtics shot just 36.5 percent from the floor in Game 5, but they fired off 85 shots - 11 more than the Cavaliers did. He's averaging 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game in the playoffs. Then Lue meant to have James start the fourth quarter after giving him some rest at the end of the third. Smith has 20 points in two home games and six points in three games in Boston. The Celtics were 10-0 in the playoffs at home in 1986.

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