Celts Advance to Conference Finals by Putting LeBron on Vacation

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.