The Boston Celtics won game 6 of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals in Boston, eliminating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 94-85.
Many had high hopes for the Cleveland Cavaliers this year, as they lead the league for the regular season. But the Boston Celtics were going to put up a fight, and they did indeed.
Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 12 assists, Paul Pierce had 13 points and 5 rebounds and Rasheed Wallace had 13 points for the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 27 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists. Despite his sixth career playoff triple-double, it wasn’t enough to keep their championship dreams alive.
Mo Williams followed with 22 points and 7 rebounds, Shaquille O’Neal had 11 points and only 4 rebounds. No one else on the Cleveland team made it into double digit scoring.
“Winning is gratifying,” Garnett said. “You’re playing the best team in basketball; the challenge is there; you don’t have to dress it up. One thing we don’t lack is confidence. We’re a veteran team and we understand when it’s time to lock in as a group. I think we did just that. I think the experience is taking over.”
“The fact that it’s over right now is definitely a surprise to me,” James said. “A friend of mine told me, ‘I guess you’ve got to go through a lot of nightmares before you realize your dream.’ That’s what’s going on for me individually right now.”
LeBron James will be a free agent this year, so all eyes are on him to see if he will stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers or move on to another team. There are many rumors that he may go to the New York Knicks.
“I want to win. That’s my only thing, my only concern,” James said. “I’ve always prided myself — it’s all about winning for me and I think the Cavs are committed to doing that. But at the same time, I’ve given myself options to this point. Me and my team, we have a game plan that we’ll execute and we’ll see where we’re at.”
“I just told him, ‘Keep your head up, man. I’ve been there,’” said Garnett, referring to his conversation with James after the game. “‘You have a very, very, very bright future. Continue to work and make decisions based on you and your family.”
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said he wasn’t ready to think about the future yet.
“Obviously, he’s a heck of a talent and a great guy,” Brown said. “But right now we just lost the series. I’m not thinking of that. It wouldn’t be fair to everyone in that locker room to think beyond tonight.”
Brown’s future with the Cavaliers appears uncertain as well. After a second straight postseason disappointment, there’s no guarantee management will bring him back for a sixth season.
The Boston Celtics will go on to play in the Eastern Conference finals against the Orlando Magic, who are undefeated in the playoffs this year.