LeBron's epic performance forces Game 7

James scores 45 in Game 6 win

Published On: Jun 07 2012 10:04:26 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 08 2012 11:37:46 AM EDT

LeBron James put on an epic performance Thursday night to help the Miami Heat force a Game 7.

James scored 45 points in 45 minutes, carrying the Heat to a 98-79 victory in a must-win game.

James was efficient and explosive on offense hitting 19 of 26 shots including several highlight dunks.

Chris Bosh came off the bench and played 28 minutes for Miami.

Bosh scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Dwyane Wade scored 17 points for the Heat.

Miami needed to win to avoid elimination.

Game 7 is Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena.