But the Cavs rallied in the second half, with the scoreline finely balanced and the lead changing hands several times over the rest of the match. After a back-and-forth start to the fourth, the Cavaliers knuckled down defensively and held Boston without a field goal for almost the last six minutes of regulation as they pulled away for the victory. ESPN is included in the Hulu Live TV package along with many other great cable and local channels, so you'll be able to quickly join in time to watch the Cavs Celtics Game 7 series finale online.
James, playing in his 100th game of the season - in the 15th year of his career - played all 48 minutes of Game 7, and finished with 35 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said their game plan was to "make him exert as much energy as humanly possible and try to be as good as we can on everybody else, who are good players".
The Celtics led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and they had a 51-47 lead midway through the third quarter when James hit a long 3-pointer and then Green made a 3 of his own. Tatum had 24 points and 7 rebounds in Boston's 96-83 victory in Game 5, when he went 7-for-8 from the line.
The Cavaliers won despite not having Kevin Love, who left game six after banging heads with Boston's Tatum.
"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game", he said.
"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", said Lue.
Jeff Green comes up with 19 clutch points in Game 7
Boston wound up shooting 34.1 percent from the floor, including 17.9 percent from 3-point range (7 of 39).
JR Smith canned some key three-pointers on the night - finishing with 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting from long-range, adding four boards, a steal and a blocked shot. Jeff Green with 19 points. If the Cavs are going to win on the road for the first time all series, it'll likely require a monster performance from James.
The Celtics came out strong for the second straight game and had a 26-18 lead after the first quarter on 11 points by Jayson Tatum.
Of course, people also praised the Cavaliers - specifically LeBron James - for his effort.
LeBron once again proved he was the game's best player and will appear in his eight straight Finals. I grew up watching LeBron and asking him to follow me back on Twitter, going to his camps.
The three-time National Basketball Association champion said he had focused on getting the best out of his team mates all season long. Looking like it might have to be a 48-minute game for LeBron, who has 12 points and 5 rebounds.More news: NASA Astronaut Alan Bean dies at 86