James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals

Ross Houston
May 28, 2017

The Cavaliers and Warriors will begin their third part of the trilogy on June 1st at Oracle Arena in Oakland by virtue of the Cavs 135-102 thrashing of the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in front of a sold out crowd at TD Garden.

Boston's Avery Bradley tried to fight back with 14 points in the second quarter. Golden State, they've been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP (Kevin Durant).

If you don't have the time to tune in live, you can also find "Ximo Pierto" on YouTube and watch 10-minute highlights videos, as well as interviews and other National Basketball Association content shortly after the end of the game, and that is a completely free option. "Right now we are going to enjoy this and we will think about the Warriors tomorrow".

"This is great learning for how far we have to go", Stevens said.

The Cavs outscored Boston 43-27 in the first quarter to take complete control of game five. The Cavs led 75-57 at the half. LeBron James and company were unbeaten through 10 games before losing to the Celtics on a last-second 3-pointer in Sunday's Game 3.

The Cavs' 75-point first half outburst was also good for a franchise record.

The Celtics, again missing all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas, never led and trailed by as many as 39 points against the defending champions.

BOSTON (AP) - The NBA Finals has its first "three-match", courtesy of a King who passed His Airness.

"I did it being me", James said of his new record.

The most noteworthy moment of the one-sided affair occurred with 2:40 to play in the third, when James surpassed Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader with a 3-point shot from the left of the key.

The Cavaliers have been almost as impressive, but LeBron James has spent most of his career as the underdog in these NBA Finals, due in part to the disparity between the Western and Eastern Conference.

James has had plenty of opportunities to stockpile postseason points.

Led by their Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.

He did it with a three-pointer late in the third quarter - the first of a string of three straight from beyond the arc. Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15.

As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4. It would be hard to overlook at 3-5 Finals record, just as previous year, it would have been hard to overlook a 2-5 Finals record. They have LeBron James, and a supremely confident supporting cast.

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