Cavaliers Aim To Closeout Series In Boston

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.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will square off in the NBA Finals for the third straight year in a series that felt like a foregone conclusion pretty much all season. It starts with James, who is in his seventh consecutive NBA Finals.

Meanwhile, Avery Bradley's season ended with a team-high 23 points.

James referred to the Warriors as only "that juggernaut" and "a beast" following Thursday's Game 5 in at Boston, a night in which he passed Michael Jordan as the career postseason scoring leader.

Crowder and the Celtics are looking forward to going home and redeeming themselves after the blowout losses in Games 1 and 2. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, and Kevin Love had 28 for Cleveland. After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points.

"I feel like we're humble enough to know we haven't played well at home", he said. They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are.

For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals.

An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead.

"This is a great moment, and this is not promised", James said. "If some kid or a group of kids from the West Coast or the East Coast or the Midwest or the South and everything in between, all around the world can look at me and say, 'Well, I made the extra pass because LeBron made the extra pass, ' or, 'I got a chase-down block and I didn't give up on the play because LeBron didn't give up, ' that would mean the world to me". There's no complacency for us now.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Irving's 42 was the most points scored by a LeBron James teammate in the four-time MVP's 13 years in the NBA Playoffs. Deron Williams added 14 off the bench for Cleveland, who led by as many as 39.

Cavaliers: Irving scored 41 in Game 5 of last year's Finals.

"(We) went through some tough times in the regular season, but we knew we had confidence to be great", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

"We're just focused on Boston". Though, the team has a better understanding of who will be holding down the head-coaching duties.

The last pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft, Thomas has emerged as an All-Star in Boston.

That's how LeBron James saw it.

James' efforts helped Cleveland to a 135-102 victory in Boston that clinched the Eastern Conference. Al Horford accounted for 16 and 6 dimes and Kelly Olynyk added 15 points for Boston, which made only 10 of 31 triples and was out-rebounded 37-29.

Turnovers and lack of ball movement handed Cleveland the game, but overall, the team is confident based on the level of competition they handed the Cavaliers the last two games. I wore short shorts so you could see my undershorts underneath.

"It's a tribute to what I've been able to do with this game". "So he came through for us".

  • Julie Sanders