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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland Calif. Saturday

But Golden State's defense finally came to grips with the Most Valuable Player candidate, limiting him to only 10 points in a second half in which the Warriors outscored the Rockets 64-25.

A tired LeBron James rallied his team in Game 7 with what was almost a triple-double - 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.

ESPN notes that the 21.9 Boston rating marked the highest-rated NBA Playoff game that's been aired in the Boston market.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that amid all the upheaval with trades in and out, James had been a true leader.

They had their chances. "Just happens. You have nights like that", said Stevens.

Al Horford finished with 17 points and Jaylen Brown had 13 but he was just three-of-12 from the three-point line.

"We like our formula", Kerr said. I know I get a lot of the headlines - win, lose or draw, whatever the case may be - but in order to be successful, it's a team game.

Their effective field goal percentage of 38 percent was their third-worst mark in 101 total games this season. They still can surrender open shots everywhere, a flaw that seems fatal against the 3-point happy Rockets or Warriors. Cleveland, though, mounted a 16-5 run to jump right back in it just before halftime, entering the locker room down just four points. "We were one or two shots away from being there, and it just wasn't enough".

The moment rarely looked too big for the 20-year-old Tatum throughout his rookie year, and he elevated his game in the playoffs, averaging 18.2 points per contest during the postseason. Prior to Sunday, the largest in-game deficit James had faced while also facing elimination in the East over the last eight years was 11 (in the second quarter of Game 7 vs. Boston in 2012). This will be Iguodala's fourth missed game of the series.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden left and forward Trevor Ariza sit on the bench during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland Calif. Saturday
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Kevin Durant is excited about helping the Warriors return to the finals, but he got a little confused on when Game 7 was on Saturday night. Though Love didn't have a great series against the Celtics, he provided a scoring threat for which Boston had to account.

Eric Gordon, starting in place of Paul, scored just three of his 19 points after the interval.

His absence was felt. The team's other young stars - Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart - struggled form 3-point range Sunday, making only three of 26 3-point attempts.

With his head fakes (and occasional theatrics), no one in the National Basketball Association is better at drawing contact.

"It's amusing how kind of the lens changes when you're sitting up here disappointed", he said. "This (Boston) team was undefeated in the postseason at home, and for us to be able to do this, and for me to be able to lead these guys, it's a treat". GERALD GREEN: The Rockets are expected to announce at game-time whether they'll have Chris Paul's help on the court.

"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game", he said. Cleveland went ahead by as many as five after that before taking a 59-56 lead into the fourth. James was preposterously good, finishing with 35 points on 12 for 24 shooting, with 15 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks.

"He's unbelievable. He's the best player in the world and I'm glad he's on my side".

"It's going to be fun", Stephen Curry said. "And so we have to let it motivate us". The crew looks to the bright future for the Celtics and considers the changes that could come in Boston.

But, of course, nothing is guaranteed.

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