BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern
Conference finals with a 94-85 victory over Cleveland in Game 6 on
Thursday night, sending LeBron James and the Cavaliers into an
early offseason destined to define the future of the franchise -
and the rest of the NBA, too.
The LeBron watch began at 10:53 p.m., when Rajon Rondo dribbled
out the last 14 seconds and the Celtics began celebrating. James is
eligible to opt out of his contract this summer, a move that would
make the two-time MVP - and zero-time NBA champion - a free agent
and set off a scramble for his services from New York to Los
Angeles and, of course, back in Cleveland.
Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds, and Rondo
had 21 points and 12 assists for Boston, which will open the
conference finals in Orlando on Sunday.
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