James dominates Celtics to keep Cavs alive

Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent
James dominates Celtics to keep Cavs alive

Aron Baynes and his Boston Celtics have failed to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers from the NBA playoffs after LeBron James delivered another Herculean performance.

The Cavs won 109-99 in Cleveland on Friday to even the Eastern Conference Finals series at 3-all and set up a do-or-die game seven in Boston on Sunday.

The victor will move on to the championship series against the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, which the Rockets lead 3-2.

James was unstoppable with 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals to keep the Cavs alive in the series.

"It feels good to just to be able to play for another game," James said.

"Like I have always said, 'game seven' are the two best words in sports."

LeBron was on another level. Pic: Getty

The Cavaliers appeared doomed in the first quarter when the team's All-Star forward, Kevin Love, clashed heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum and was forced to the locker room.

Love did not return to the game.

And midway through the final quarter James appeared to suffer a serious right leg injury when team-mate Larry Nance Jr fell on him.

James was writhing in pain on the floor, but eventually got up and finished the game.

James, who battled fatigue in Wednesday's game five loss, played an incredible 46 of a possible 48 minutes in the game six win.

The Celtics made a late push, but James snuffed it out with massive back-to-back three-pointers in the final two minutes.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, drives to the basket over Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, lower right, during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

He also received support from point guard George Hill's 20 points and bench players Jeff Green and Nance Jr with 14 and 10 points respectively.

Australian big man Baynes was Boston's starting centre but had his most underwhelming game of the series, going scoreless and grabbing four rebounds.

The Celtics' All-Star forward Al Horford was also unusually quiet with just six points while guard Terry Rozier had 28 and Jaylen Brown 27 points.