LeBron James leads Cleveland to NBA finals

Hazel Gray
May 28, 2017

With a long 3-pointer late in the third quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers star passed Jordan as the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer. Kyrie Irving added 24 points, Kevin Love scored 15 points, while Deron Williams had 14.

"We're definitely disappointed. I felt like if we weren't, it would be a problem", Bradley said. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west".

Even if the Celtics were to flip the top selection for a superstar such as Paul George or Jimmy Butler, it probably won't be enough to supersede the Cavs. "We feel like we should be here, and we feel like we should be a championship-contending team". Perhaps most telling of the Cavs' dominance was the fact that the Celtics never led once throughout their three games in Boston. Some of the decorations said "3-1 lead", aiming at the Warriors failure to close out the Cavs a year ago after the commanding lead, and the cookies at the party were shaped in tombstones and had some of the Warriors' names on them. The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for a quarter.

James was asked, given how far the Celtics made it this season and that they also own the No. 1 pick, if he thinks it's likely he'll see them again next season deep in the playoffs. The 109 points through three quarters marked the most the Celtics have allowed in the shot-clock era.

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So who's your favorite: the Cavs or the Warriors? It spurred the most intense frenzy surrounding an National Basketball Association free agent decision since James announced in 2014 that he would return to the Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat. "Throughout the series we didn't get an opportunity to actually have that moment".

It was a record breaking night for the reigning National Basketball Association champions, not only did "King James" eclipse "Air Jordan's" playoff record but the Cavs scored the most playoff points in a franchise history, and the 43 scored in the first quarter was also a new record. He's about to play in his seventh straight NBA Finals. They won the three road games in the series by a combined 90 points, the last two by a total of 77. Reserve James Jones is also making his 7th-straight trip, as well as a teammate of James. James scored 11 points with six assists in the period and Irving, showing no sign of the twisted left ankle he suffered in the third quarter of game four, scored nine as Cleveland shot 64 percent from the field in the first quarter. The backups took care of things in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Love added a playoff career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Cavaliers improve to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs.

The Cavs' Kyle Korver, picked up in trade from the Atlanta Hawks, is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range in the playoffs. They finished 19 of 41 Thursday. 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.

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