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GAME 6: Heat 98, Celtics 79

Well, time to do it all over again in Game 7.

LeBron James scored 45 points to stave off elimination. Now, the Heat has home-court advantage with one victory seperating it from a trip to Oklahoma City for the first two games of the NBA Finals.

Can LeBron do it again in Game 7? Will he need to? Will the Heat ever again get a good first half out of Dwyane Wade?

James' 45 points on 19 of 26 shooting was one point shy of the Heat's all-time postseason scoring record. Wade had 46 against Boston in 2010. James became the first player in a playoff game since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to score at least 45 points in a game while also recording 15 rebounds and five assists.

James scored 41 points in the first 36 minutes of the game. He played every second of the first, second and third quarters, helping the Heat build a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

"He was absolutely fearless tonight, and it was contagious. The way he approached the last 48 hours, and not only LeBron, but everybody else. t wasn't end of the world. Nobody likes getting thrown dirt on your face before you're not even dead."
--Erik Spoelstra

"He played amazing.  He was locked in from the beginning of the game like I've never seen him before.  The shots he was making was unbelievable. So he really put on an MVP performance tonight.  Not just scoring the ball, but rebounding the ball, defensively. He did it all tonight."
--Dwyane Wade

“The best I’ve seen, one of the best this league has ever seen. He’s helped us a lot so we can live to play another day. Its all good right now, but tomorrow we have to continue to prepare for Game 7 because its going be a tough one.”
--Chris Bosh

"He was unbelievable. Everybody needed to bring something to the table and he was obviously carrying us offensively and putting up points.”
--Udonis Haslem

“He was pretty amazing. We needed an effort like that to win in Boston in a close out game. It was phenomenal.”
--Shane Battier

"It was a matter of too much LeBron. He was absolutely sensational. Made every shot, set the tone for their whole team. I thought he gave them comfort in the way he played tonight."
--Doc Rivers

"I hope now you guys will stop talking about LeBron and that he doesn't play in big games. He was pretty good tonight. Now that's to bed. We can go ahead and play Game 7."
--Doc Rivers

"He had a game. He had a game."
--Ray Allen

"I've seen him put up some great numbers. Not just offensively, but doing a lot of other things. Intangibles. Tonight he shot very efficient. But I don't base a great performance on just shooting. He's had a lot of games where he's had triple‑doubles, chase‑down blocks. He's a great player."
--Rajon Rondo

"It was great to see him come out and lead this team the way he did today. We just gave him the ball and got out the way. He made us look good early on. We were able to do things to help him in the ballgame. Defensively, rebounding the ball, and make timely shots."
--Dwyane Wade




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