LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for first place all-time in playoff scoring

The Cavaliers ended the Celtics post-season - winning the game, 135-102.

After both teams dominated their respective competition so far in the playoffs, Las Vegas believes the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will be competitive.

But it all evaporated.

Irving, who shook off a Game 4 twisted ankle, was 9 of 15 from the floor and 4 of 8 from three-point range. "We're in the NBA Finals".

As has been the case when the Cavaliers have played their best basketball, they used their defense to generate offense in the come-from-behind victory at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday. But then he added this: "OK, maybe a slight preference for Cleveland". I don't feel like we're underdogs.

And they're doing this without their head coach.

For the third straight year they'll face the Warriors for the crown.

Kerr is still involved, albeit donning sweatpants. But it's uncertain if Kerr will return to the bench for the NBA Finals.

If nothing else, Lue said their recent taste of adversity should help them remain humble heading into Game 5. Those guys are going to challenge me, they're going to challenge our ballclub.

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Still stinging after the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in last year's Finals against Cleveland, the vociferous Green, who was suspended from Game 5, said if given the chance again, he plans to "destroy and annihilate" the Cavs. That was the Warriors' first NBA Championship in 40 years.

"I'm just proud of the work we've put in from the beginning of the season", Durant said following the sweep of the Spurs. "We're just embracing that". We didn't talk about championships or anything. But the best movie franchises don't keep a stagnant cast. Simple as that. It's good that we're here now. Though he moved on from accepting conference titles as validation a long time ago, the older he gets, the more he has learned to appreciate the moment.

Cleveland's 75 first half points were the most in an National Basketball Association playoff game half since 2003 and gave them an 18-point cushion.

James will appear in his seventh consecutive Finals as he seeks his fourth title. They're a team that doesn't have many weaknesses, if any at all.

"The closeout game is always the hardest.and Boston is going to make it even harder", said LeBron James, who rebounded from a playoff-low 11 points in Game 3 to score 34 in Game 4.

"I think first of all I wear the number (23) because of Mike", he told reporters after finishing the game with 35 points to take his total to 5,995 points.

"Whatever they have to do to continue to play at - not just a normal level - at an MVP level, that's what I've been on the doctors about", he said. Danny (Ainge) was right there, I couldn't get past him. "I think that allowed us to outscore them by 17 in the third". "If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?" Celtics coach Brad Stevens recently revealed that Thomas played through the injury during the critical Game 7.

While the 2017 NBA Playoffs have been largely a snooze up to this point, the 2017 NBA Finals looks to be a television spectacular for however long this series goes, hopefully a full seven games like past year. Jordan was in his rearview mirror and still James deflected the attention like a kick-out to an open shooter in the corner.

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