'King' James hits milestone as Cavs seal Warriors finals rematch

Everybody grew up copying Michael Jordan in one way or another and James was no different.

The Cleveland Cavaliers finished their Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Boston Celtics in Thursday's Game 5 at TD Garden, 135-102, and set up their third straight NBA Finals showdown against the Golden State Warriors.

It's worth noting that James is closing in on Jordan when it comes to the regular season scoring list as well: Jordan now ranks fourth with 32,292 points while James is seventh with 28,787 points.

Even with all of the starters sitting out the fourth, the 130 points was the most ever scored by the Cavaliers in a playoff game.

The onslaught continued in the third quarter as Cleveland got off a 20-8 start to extend the lead to 30.

INSKEEP: That gave LeBron James 5,989 career points in the playoffs, two more than Michael Jordan, the most all time.

LeBron James' reign in the National Basketball Association is far from over, but it's clear as day that the Celtics are positioning themselves to be one of the favorites to eventually unseat the Cavs.

"I've been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage", James said. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship. It's cute.". The Cavaliers' 43 points in the first quarter made them the first playoff team since the 1990 Celtics with three 40-point quarters against the same team.

Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points, while Jae Crowder and Gerald Green scored 11 apiece. The Celtics never led in any of the games in Boston, trailing by as many as 50 in Game 2 and 39 on Thursday night before both teams emptied their benches. Just as fittingly, Kyrie Irving assisted on the basket - a 3-point shot with 2:41 left in the third quarter to increase the Cavaliers' lead to 103-71. Jordan eventually returned to the court with the Wizards in 2001, following three seasons away from the court, but he failed to reach the playoffs in his final two seasons with Washington.

With James leading the way, the Cleveland Cavaliers have correspondingly been more dominant during the playoffs than they were during a somewhat inconsistent regular season. "And that's how I felt in Game 4 with Kyrie (Irving) doing what he did". To put those 36 points in perspective, the Celtics scored 42 points total the second half.Stevens would rather play Kelly Olynyk (15 points in Game 3) and Jonas Jerebko (10 points) than Johnson anyway."He's a special talent", James said about Irving. We are not affiliated with nor do we endorse any sports teams or venues in this release.

James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. "If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?"

"They're coming out and they're hitting us", Kyrie Irving of the Cavs said Thursday night, "and they don't care who you are". The Celtics fell behind 12-3 out of the gate, and any time they even had an inkling about making a run, James would snuff out the thought.

  • Julie Sanders