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Eastern Conference finals Game 6: Celtics vs. Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Boston Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a Game 7.

James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance — he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about his future.

The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals.

"It feels good just to be able to play for another game," James said. "Like I've always said, Game 7 is the best two words in sports. ... We should relish the opportunity and have fun with it."

This back-and-forth series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a climatic conclusion Sunday at TD Center, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.

Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier (12) strips the ball
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Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier (12) strips the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes, left, tries to keep
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Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes, left, tries to keep the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson and LeBron James, left rear, during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives against Boston
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris (13) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes, right, drives against Cleveland
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Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes, right, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jeff Green during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, right, drives to the
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Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, right, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' George Hill in the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals,Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) grabs the ball
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) grabs the ball ahead of Boston Celtics' Al Horford (42) during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens reacts during the
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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens reacts during the second half of Game 6 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers' George Hill (3) drives to the
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Cleveland Cavaliers' George Hill (3) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives to the
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes (46) and Marcus Morris (13) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love sits on the court
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love sits on the court while holding his head during the first half of Game 6 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) drives against Cleveland
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Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith (5) during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith and Boston Celtics' Jayson
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Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith and Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum, top, vie for the ball during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives as Boston
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives as Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) defends during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris, center, drives past Cleveland
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Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris, center, drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.

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