LeBron refuses to lose: LeBron James has not lost an elimination game at home to an Eastern Conference opponent in over 10 years and he wasn’t going to let that streak come to an end on Friday night. The MVP candidate finished one assist shy of a triple-double but had a game-high in four different categories including points (46), rebounds (11), assists (nine) and steals (three). James had 14 of his points in the fourth quarter to help ward off a late Celtics charge with a pair of crucial 3-pointers over some tough defense by Jayson Tatum. In a postseason full of magical performances, this may have been the best one yet for James to ensure that his season would not come to an end.
One quarter destroys Celtics’ chances on road (again): The Celtics avoided their usual first quarter rut on the road in the postseason, but they only managed to dodge them for the opening 12 minutes.