Cavs headed back to NBA Finals with 135-102 win
- Author: Julie Sanders May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 0:05
After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in Game 5. The Golden State Warriors deserve their spot in the final series, pure and simple, and it's going to be a daunting task for whoever has to face them in the NBA Finals.
LeBron James, who will make his seventh-straight trip to the NBA Finals, led all scorers with 35 points.
National Basketball Association fans who subscribe to cable can WATCH THE CAVALIERS VS. CELTICS ONLINE HERE for free via TNT's live stream broadcast. Even if you're not impressed with Golden State's playoff run in the West, consider this - the Big 4, when healthy, have played 16 games together dating back nearly four months.
Maybe the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, Draymond Green; 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala; Kevin Durant, who is having the best shot-blocking season of his career; and Klay Thompson, a 6-foot-7 guard who will mostly defend Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics were unable to stop the Cavs from getting whatever they wanted whenever they wanted on offense. He scored 11 points in the first five minutes of the second half today after he dropped 21 points in the third quarter during Game 4.
On the same night, James also passed San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili for third place on the all-time three-pointers made in NBA Playoffs history. The team went undefeated against the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz as well and won all but two of their games by more than 10 points.
Celtics: Never led at home in the series.
The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night.
James' performance in the last two games has been criticized, despite the fact that he had 34 points in Game 4 and 15 points in the fourth quarter to ice that game for the Cavaliers. "Crowder. So, they got a lot of tough guys that are going to compete so they're making us compete, which is good for us".
The Cavaliers couldn't quite reach 12 wins in a row, dropping the Game 3 in the Eastern Conference.
Boston lost All-Star Isaiah Thomas for the remainder of the postseason to a hip injury in Game 2, forcing coach Brad Stevens to shuffle his lineup and rotations in Games 3 and 4.