By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The streak for The King continues, as LeBron James will be going to his eighth straight NBA Finals. He helped his team to get to The Finals with an 87-79 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
James has not missed an NBA Finals since the 2010 season. He helped his team win the series 4-3 despite missing Kevin Love in the series finale with a concussion.
He also created 21 field goals off of his passes. He also created a game-high 13 open field goal attempts, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information.
James defended on a game-high 19 field goal attempts. Of those shots, the Celtics made just six baskets when he was the primary defender.
He has also won six straight Game 7’s in his career. He is now 6-2 in Game 7’s in his career. He’ll be the sixth player in NBA history, who will be playing in their eighth straight NBA Finals, joining five players from the 1950-1960s Celtics teams.
The Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information, are the fifth-team that was the fourth seed or lower to reach the Finals. However, there has been only one winner, which was the 1994-95 Houston Rockets team, which swept the Orlando Magic in four games.
According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, there have been 301 instances over the last 20 seasons, where a starting backcourt attempted at least 20 three-pointers. However, only one of those backcourts had a worse performance than the Celtics did, as Terry Rozier III went 0-for-10 and Jaylen Brown went 3-for-12.
James led the Cavaliers with 35 points. He also had 15 rebounds, nine assists, and two blocks.
He was one of four players, who scored in double-figures. Jeff Green had 19, while J.R. Smith added 12 and Tristan Thompson contributed 10.
The Cavaliers had just five bench points. Kyle Korver led the bench with three points.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 24 points. He also had seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Tatum was one of four Boston players, who scored in double-digits. Al Horford had 17, while Marcus Morris added 14, and Jaylen Brown contributed 13.
The Celtics had 18 points. Morris led the bench with 14 points.