There are 48 minutes of basketball left in the Celtics-Cavaliers series to decide which contender represents the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. That is, unless Game 7 on Sunday night requires overtime to separate the sides. In Game 6, LeBron James and company took advantage of a turnover-heavy second quarter by the Celtics to beat Boston 109-99 and push themselves off the ropes.
Here are a few of the stats that explain why the Cavaliers’ season did not end on Friday night:
The number of times the Celtics turned the ball over in Game 6. In it’s three series wins, Boston had eight, five, and nine turnovers respectively.
The Celtics shot 55 percent at the free throw line on Friday night. They missed nine times at the charity stripe, finishing with 11 free throws to the Cavaliers’ 18.
The number of points Cleveland’s bench scored. LeBron James needed the help after Kevin Love left the game with a concussion. Larry Nance Jr. and Jeff Green delivered.
The difference between the Celtics’ offensive rebounds (5) and the Cavaliers’ (15). Cleveland won the battle on the glass on the defensive end as well, 29 to 26.
The amount of minutes played for Kevin Love. The Cavaliers overcame losing their All-Star forward to send the series back to Boston.
The Celtics led after the first quarter. Jaylen Brown had 15 points in the opening 12 minutes, but the Cavaliers took control with a 20 to 4 run midway through the second quarter and never relinquished the lead again.
The number of shots the Cavaliers contested, edging the Celtics’ mark of 58. Cleveland also topped Boston in box outs and loose balls recovered.