Tatum hit a 3-pointer after his driving dunk over James put Boston up 72-71 with 6:04 remaining in the game, but Green answered with another trey at the 5:44 mark, and Cleveland didn't relinquish the lead after that.
Critics must admit that Game 7 notwithstanding, the Celtics were fun to watch this season, which lasted longer than anybody predicted after Irving checked out.
James' supporting cast often looked like it might not be enough to help get the Cavs out of the East, but James proved once again that he can go to another level to carry his team. No other Cavs are scoring in double digits.
Tatum, Boston's leading scorer for the postseason, scored a team-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds over 42 minutes in Game 7. "I thought it was an outstanding defensive game".
"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game and I just tried to figure out how I can get through it", James said.
"He played 48 minutes tonight to bring us home", Lue said. "As a group we really fought hard".
"That's the conversation I had with T-Lue", Green said. "In my first year being able to compete against a player like him, and be a few shots away from beating him and his team and going to the championship, is something I will always remember".
Al Horford finished with 17 points and Jaylen Brown had 13 but he was just three-of-12 from the three-point line. "We haven't been in these positions before as a group". With all the injuries and inexperience, getting this far would have seemed like a great jumping off point for next year.
As insane as it may be to think about when it comes to James leaving the Cavaliers for a second time in his career, keep in mind it could be more likely to happen if the Cavaliers end up winning Game 7 on Sunday evening. I know his parents and I just know he is just built for stardom.
James and the Cavaliers are massive underdogs to the Warriors who are seeking their third title in four years, but regardless of the outcome, the accomplishment by James is astounding.
"Our goal going into the series was to make him exert as much energy as humanly possible and try to be as good as we can on everybody else", Stevens said.
"LeBron has now made the NBA Finals eight years in a row and this year has been the most astounding achievement of his playoff career because he has had to go through a lot with this team". "It's amusing how the lens changes when you're sitting up here disappointed".