While the Celtics will be happy they get to return home for Game 7, the can't simply rely on past results.
"This is the last chapter for our team this season", said James.
"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
It continued James' exceptional run in elimination games in recent years.
The real possibility that James was playing his last game in Cleveland hung over the game - and this city - in the hours leading to tip-off.
Now, the only question is who the Cavaliers will play for a chance at their second title in three years: The Rockets host Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Golden State on Monday night, and the victor will host the opener of the NBA Finals on Thursday. He's not only done it all so that everything feels like it's been said about him, but he has done it all at such a superlative level that you run out of effective modifiers to describe his accomplishments.
End of quarter: Cavs 59, Celtics 56: Celtics had tied the game at 56 on an Aron Baynes free throw, before LeBron drains a 3 to send the Cavs into the fourth quarter gripping onto a 3-point lead. To top it off, James was playing on a sore right leg after Larry Nance Jr. fell into him in Game 6. "I thought that added to probably the shooting the rest of the game".
"We're trying to knock off a group with a number of champions and a generational player", Boston coach Brad Stevens said before the game.
Love, who missed a game in March with concussion symptoms, banged heads with Tatum and dropped to the court in the first quarter.
James often says the same thing, "staying in the moment". "I've always said Game 7 is the best two hours in sports, so let's go have fun with it".
Boston was denied its first Finals trip since 2010, when it lost to the rival Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. "But I think whoever can buckle down and get stops consecutively and create opportunities with their defense is going to win or have a chance at winning games".
During that spurt, Jayson Tatum drove hard to the hoop and dunked over James. Green scored 14 points off the bench and made several crucial defensive plays while filling in at center.
Cavaliers: Shot just 2 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half, making three of their first 22 shots from long range before James and Green connected on back-to-back attempts midway through the third quarter. He also pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Whether you want to blame it on James' flopping or the refs' inabilities to make accurate calls is up to you, though. George Hill chipped in 20 points.