LeBron James carves up Celtics in Game 3 with passes 'only one person' would even try


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the Cavaliers’ huge win over the Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals and what to expect in a pivotal Game 4.

CLEVELAND – Offense doesn’t come easy in the NBA playoffs.

Cleveland superstar LeBron James only makes it look that way sometimes, and with his superior passing skills, he did just that in Cleveland’s 116-86 victory over Boston in Game 3 on Saturday.

James had 27 points on an efficient 8-for-12 shooting, but it was his 12 assists that had Boston’s flummoxed.

Textbook assists. Creative assists. Difficult assists. Some were passes coaches would recommend a player not make. But James is not most players.

Those 12 assists led to 30 points, all on dunks/layups and three-pointers.

Early, it was apparent James planned to pick apart Boston with his passing: a cross-court pass by three defenders to George…

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