(BOSTON) — LeBron James had a playoff game to remember on Thursday night in a must win situation if the Miami Heat had any chance of getting back to the NBA Finals.
James came through with 45 points and 15 rebounds to lead his team to a 98-79 game 6 victory on the road.
“I didn’t use any motivation; I just went to my habits. I just went to what I’ve built over the course of the season, over the course of the years and just went out and played,” said James. “Wasn’t going to feel sorry for myself or anything tonight. I just go out and play as hard as I can. At the end of the day whatever happens, happens.”
Dwyane Wade added 17 and at times took a backseat to watch his teammate put on a heck of a performance.
“Obviously when he has it going that way you want to keep feeding him,” said Wade. “He’s been the MVP of the league right now; he’s showcasing that on a nightly basis.”
Rajon Rondo led the way with 21 points and 10 assists in the loss.
“Now we have to go down and go to Miami and win a game,” said Rondo. “We’ve done it before, put this game in the past, we have to look forward and not let this linger on too long.”
Game 7 will be Saturday night.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN