James passes Jordan as Cavaliers advance to finals

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The Cavs beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 in game five of the Eastern Conference finals today, LeBron James with another pristine performance that helped him pass Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer.

Just don't try to tell them that. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do". And I think that's what 'Bron had. We've played that way and maybe people don't appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep. It's tough for me to say that is the case. "We want to go take back a championship, that's just the nature of a competitor and I think that's the mindset of everyone in this organization to go take back what they took from us".

The Celtics were able to steal one game from Cleveland, but their four losses in the series were by an average of 25.8 points. Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15.This Cavs team became the third squad in National Basketball Association history to knock down 1,000 3-pointers during the regular season, joining last season's Warriors squad, as well as this year's Houston team."I've gotta do what's best for me in the long run, what's best for my body", Thomas said.

"We called him on FaceTime, so he got to celebrate with us a little bit", Bradley said.

Meanwhile for the next year, as the Warriors grew stronger and more talented - creating history again by becoming the first team to ever go 12-0 on their way to The Finals - they stewed about that big-stage, highly-ridiculed embarrassment from the prior year. He served as an anchor for a young Celtics team in search of tough big men and numerous things Horford does best do not show up on the box score. But the Cavs have three.

Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an nearly inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. They'll meet for the third straight time in the NBA Finals beginning June 1.

On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar - and somewhat surprising - situation.

It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well.

James passes Jordan as Cavaliers advance to finals
James passes Jordan as Cavaliers advance to finals

"Want the Warriors?" he said. "They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up", he said. They've been super-impressive. It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see.

For a superstar who regularly seizes the biggest moments and makes them his own, it was odd to see James basically look like one of Cleveland's reserves. He is now shooting 5 of 6 from the field and 5 of 8 from the free throw line.

Michael Jordan has always been out front as the singular basketball deity.

"No message", Lue said.

Words don't mean much now — not his, not Green's — and neither do underdog labels.

"But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". It's not every day that someone goes to his seventh consecutive NBA Finals.

Fighting to keep their season alive, the Celtics aren't giving an inch despite playing without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who may need surgery on a hip injury.

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