It's a 'threematch' for the NBA Finals

Ross Houston
May 27, 2017

In the history of the NBA Playoffs, nobody has ever scored more points than LeBron James.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are once again champions of the Eastern Conference after finishing off the Boston Celtics with a 135-102 win in Game 5 at TD Garden Thursday night, but despite being at this point for the third straight season, things are not the same.

They were supposed to play the Golden State Warriors there, and they will, deciding the league title for a third consecutive year. He played three halves against the Cavaliers before limping off the court in the middle of Game 2.

I know the Warriors are motivated for this series and Draymond said he wants to kill the Cavs after the way a year ago ended. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points. He watched Game 5 in street clothes. Steph Curry, LeBron James - rubber time, let's bounce.

James said he embraced Isaiah Thomas, who sat out the last three games of the series after playing the first two with a hip injury, later paying tribute to Boston's little big man. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 116.8 points on 50.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 45 percent shooting. James and the Cavs have a monster task ahead of them in the next round. Gerald Green scored 14. We didn't talk about championships or anything. "That's basically what happened".

James, who is chasing his fourth National Basketball Association title this year, finished with 35 points in the game to set a new mark of 5.995 points in 212 play-off games, while six-time National Basketball Association champion Jordan set his record in 179 games.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love contributed 15. That summer James made his return to Cleveland. Jordan was in his rearview mirror and still James deflected the attention like a kick-out to an open shooter in the corner.

"I wear the number [23] because of Mike", James said of his historic accomplishment. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike". When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god. "To be honest, I didn't do one (bit of) prep for Golden State yet because I really believe that this (Boston) team is a good team". "And if and when we get to that point, I want to annihilate them". "I definitely wasn't trying to hear that at that point in time". I was like, if I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?

The point guards provided a huge scoring spark for the Cavs as well. "Yeah, I would love that", he said. "I've proved myself. The world knows what I bring to the table. Every night he brings it for us, sets the tone, and it's no different". The Cavaliers came back from a daunting 3-1 deficit in 2016 to vanquish the Warriors in 7 games, preventing the Warriors from repeating as champs and beginning a mini-dynasty.

On the topic of age, the fact that James entered the National Basketball Association right out of high school, and played at an all-star level nearly right away, is his biggest advantage over his historical competition.

At the very moment where the clock ran out in that series, the person James was embracing was Durant - telling the then-Thunder star, his off-season workout partner at the time, how proud of him he was. With a Golden State win two years ago, and the Cavs staging a comeback last year, this provides the ultimate stage to settle the score. That's all I can give you right now, because I'm happy and I don't want to be stressed. "They cause a lot of stress, and I'll get to that point when we start to prepare for them".

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