LeBron, Cavs crush Celtics to reach NBA Finals

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The Celtics went on a run immediately after trading for undersized guard Isaiah Thomas in 2015, leading to a completely unexpected playoff appearance just months after apparently punting on the season.

The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs this year.

James' efforts helped Cleveland to a 135-102 victory in Boston that clinched the Eastern Conference.

"I've always told you guys, anytime I'm linked to any of the greats, even the greatest in Mike, it's just an honour", James told reporters Thursday morning with the milestone looming. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". I hope we have that chance to make that determination. They dispatched the Boston Celtics in five games. What a superstar! He led the way with 35 points for the Cavs while Kyrie added 24. "It's cute.". The Cavaliers' 43 points in the first quarter made Cleveland the first playoff team since the 1990 Celtics with three 40-point quarters in the same series. Kevin Love has scored more efficiently due to a massive increase in three-point attempts, but being stationed away from the basket has caused an equally massive drop in his work on the offensive glass, as well as a decline in his playmaking as seen through a decrease in the rate of shots he is assisting on.

Game 4: Golden State at Cleveland When: Friday, June 9 - 9 p.m.

The odds were up to Warriors -330 /Cavs 250 on Thursday afternoon.

So it's worth noting that James needed 33 more games to surpass Jordan, but he took the record at a younger age - James is 32 and Jordan was 35. And next week, we get the decider, a match-up that is virtually unprecedented in the modern history of major sports.

LeBron James needed 28 points Thursday night to surpass National Basketball Association legend and one of the all-time greatest to play the game, Michael Jordan, in career playoff points and he did so in a decisive manner.

There figures to be reminders of the Halloween party that James threw for the Cavaliers last fall, with "3-1 Lead" - a nod to what the Warriors lost in last year's Finals - prominently displayed on the drum set. Like LeBron James, F James Jones is also going to his seventh straight NBA Finals, all with James. Despite a spotty shooting performance, Terry Rozier proved to be one of the few players who could provide a legitimate offensive spark off the bench as well. The Warriors are the better team and should be favored, but this is a lot of points to give a Cavs team that will have the best player in the series and is one of maybe two teams that can shoot with Golden State.

He was right, as there was no doubt the King and his court had figured out who Brad Stevens' team was by Thursday, as they took the Celtics to the proverbial woodshed from tip-off in the elimination game.

All of which partly explains why the Cavaliers of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have not been challenged in the East during the postseason. But there's no denying the strides general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has made since the departure of "The Big 3". The consistently high scoring averages, including five postseasons with 30 points or higher, have allowed James to pass Jordan's all-time Playoff point total in 212 games.