Record-setter LeBron James scores 44 as Cavaliers level series with Celtics

  • Cleveland beat Boston 111-102 in NBA Eastern Conference finals
  • Series is now square at 2-2 as teams head to Boston for Game 5
  • LeBron now has most field goals in NBA playoffs history

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 must be looking forward to getting home. Pushed on by a raucous crowd, the Cavs held off Boston’s comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a series that is now effectively a best-of-three.

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

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