James had team-highs in points (46), rebounds (11) and assists (9) in an extraordinary individual performance which piloted the Cavaliers to a 109-99 victory which levels the best-of-seven series at three wins each.
That turned out to be at least one quarter too many, and now the teams are headed back to Boston for Sunday's winner-take-all Game 7.
"Regardless, we'll have to prepare our team to play well regardless of who's on the floor for them", Stevens said. With Game 7 less than 48 hours from tipping off, there's a chance that the All-Star may not be able to pass more tests prior to the game.
Late in the fourth quarter, he sealed the game with a pair of step back 3-point shots 42 seconds apart - the latter of which he celebrated with an emotion-filled outburst.
From the Rockets to the Lakers to the Sixers, James has been linked to a plethora of future landing spots despite publicly stating his sole focus is on winning another championship with the Cavs.
"It's a Game 7", James said after Game 6. "We just have to come and play; we have to stay together, play as one and play united". "Nothing there as far as to be concerned about, but we will continue to check in especially over the next probably day and then when he wakes up tomorrow morning".
The Cleveland Cavaliers are fighting for their playoff lives in Game 6 against the Boston Celtics. As a team, the Celtics shot 51.4 percent from the field, 42.9 percent on 28 3-point attempts and finished with 25 assists to just 13 turnovers. Larry Nance Jr. added 10 points and 7 rebounds.
"We can't just rely on being at home as an excuse that it's going to be easy, because it's not", he said, flatly.
We can't just rely on being at home. The Celtics scored nine in a row at the end of the first quarter and into the second to take a 36-19 lead, their biggest of the game. "I can't say enough good things about him". "You can't go out and try to look pretty". For the first time in this series, the Celtics offense really showed up on the road.
But the game ultimately came down to the C's going through one of its scoring lulls, getting behind by double digits and not making that one shot or getting that clutch defensive stop to swing the momentum in their favor.