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LeBron Scores 44 As Cavs Even Series With Celtics

The series shifts back to Boston on Wednesday

May 21, 2018 - 11:43 pm

CLEVELAND (AP/97.1 The Ticket) — LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home.

James flirted with history Monday, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most made FGs in NBA Playoff history. He also racked up his sixth 40-point game of the postseason, coming within two of the single-postseason record.

Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasn't so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Boston's comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a series that is now a best-of-three.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 25 points, while Terry Rozier had 16 points and 11 assists. 

Cleveland is trying to become the 20th team — out of 300 — to overcome a 2-0 deficit and James, who has already orchestrated two such rallies, is a step closer to a third as he tries to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals.

But to do it again the Cavs will have to win in Boston, where the Celtics are 9-0 this postseason.