NBA: Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics

Facing elimination, LeBron James scored 45 points as Miami crushed Boston to force a Game 7 in the East finals.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) elevates for a dunk past Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30), Paul Pierce (34), Kevin Garnett (5) and Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Charles Trainor Jr.) MAGS OUT

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Charles Trainor Jr.) MAGS OUT

Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) drives past Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) during the second quarter in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks to pass in the first quarter against Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat attempts a shot in the first quarter against Paul Pierce #34 and Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics brings the ball up court against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics brings the ball up court against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts up in the second quarter against Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)