Cavaliers reach third straight Finals behind James' record night

Ross Houston
May 26, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the chance to make it back to the NBA Finals to face the Golden State Warriors, a rematch of last year's Finals.

In looking to successfully defend their title, the Cavs will also be relying heavily on Kyrie Irving, whose 42-point performance with LeBron in foul trouble in Game 4 may have stopped Boston from tying the series, and Kevin Love, who has become the most surprisingly reliable 3-and-D pillar of these playoffs. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has moved past Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as the leading scorer in National Basketball Association playoff history.

When the Boston Celtics take to the floor at TD Garden Thursday night, their season will be in the balance.

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates. Yet, Lue said that the Celtics' unpredictability - born out of necessity, with Thomas' shutting down his season at halftime of Game 2 because of a hip injury - has made things hard after the coach had to scrap his defensive orders all catered toward limiting Thomas.

Boston couldn't send help defenders without risking a defensive three-second violation or, worse, a wide-open Cleveland shooter, so LeBron was free to feast on the likes of Jaylen Brown in single coverage. Deron Williams added 14 off the bench for Cleveland, who led by as many as 39. Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015.

Although the Celtics will be playing in front of their home crowd, the situation is still less than ideal. He will pass him sometime late in the 2018-19 season should he maintain his career 27.1 points per game average in the regular season. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing. The Boston Celtics, 102. Cleveland came from behind to win Game 4 at home. When you talk about scorers you have a lot of great scorers in our league and all-time guys who shot a lot of shots and volume shooters that scored the ball at a high clip. Stevens said he waa wincing in pain earlier Thursday, but was cleared to play before pregame warmups.

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