James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with 135-102 win

Ross Houston
May 26, 2017

His nine made field goals in one quarter set a new Cavs playoff record.

It was as though the Cavaliers spent the final 18 minutes of Game 3 and most of the first 24 minutes in Game 4 in the Twilight Zone and emerged from it as the team that started the 2017 playoffs 10-0.

"I didn't want to", Lue said. "A lot of the time, we'll go through stuff in shoot around now, plays for the end of the game, but he didn't draw those, he just kind of came up with it on the fly and made adjustments".

"You nearly hit the. runner's high", Irving said. "So I didn't think I could be Mike".

But there's no denying that his accolades are putting him in the orbit of Jordan, his boyhood idol.

While the Celtics captured the top seed in the East, they never led in any of their home games in the series. "That was my mindset". "It's a tribute to what I've been able to do with this game".

LeBron finished with 34 points (on 27 shots), but many came after Kyrie had gotten the Cavs the lead. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader.

The defending National Basketball Association champions can wrap up their third straight conference title - and a "three-match" against the Warriors - with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.

"He's just taking what the defense is giving him in the playoffs", Lue said.

"This team is a insane team". "We had really good athletes, quick guys that make things tough on people guarding him".

"We got to the locker room at halftime and said, 'We have to respect these guys, ' " Kevin Love said. "That's an incredible zone to be in, which I was tonight". Irving detonated their best work.The Celtics seemed to have endured the outburst without too much damage. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.

Game 5 takes place in Boston on Thursday.

With James in foul trouble, Irving stayed on the floor despite rolling his left ankle in the third quarter, when he scored 19 points in less than five minutes. Al Horford contributed 16 points and seven assists.

In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavaliers All-Star had a blooper reel moment, missing a wide open dunk in the third quarter.

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland. His 21 points in the quarter tied the Cavaliers postseason record for most points in a quarter, which LeBron James achieved in 2010. Cleveland improved to 35-5 against Eastern teams in the playoffs since 2015.

They've given themselves a chance to erase the sting of their 44-point loss in Game 2.

"I feel like we're humble enough to know we haven't played well at home", Celtics forward Jae Crowder told reporters Tuesday night.

Kyrie finished with 42 points (a playoff career high) on 15-22 (68 percent) shooting and put on a performance that will go down as not only one of his best but one of the best in recent National Basketball Association playoff memory.

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