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LeBron James reaches eighth straight NBA Finals as Cavaliers beat Celtics 87-79 in Game 7

LeBron James reaches eighth straight NBA Finals as Cavaliers beat Celtics 87-79 in Game 7

With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out.

He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway.

And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.

"He's had a lot of gaudy games," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "But I just think Game 7, in Boston, all the circumstances that surround Boston, the history behind Boston ... to come here in a hostile...

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