Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points, and Gerald Green scored 14.

As good as he was on the court, the Celtics have to be kicking themselves for not doing more with the time James on the bench in the second quarter which in hindsight, was among the bigger factors in them now returning home facing elimination as opposed to being tied at two games apiece in this series.

"I wear the number because of Mike", James said.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue chuckled before the game when he was asked if he planned to say anything to James following his sub-standard performance in Game 3.

Cleveland's 4-1 series win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise's first championship.

I mean, the kid is special, and he basically was just waiting for an opportunity to be able to blossom, and I'm just happy and blessed that when I made a decision to come back that I was able to help him blossom, I guess, because he gets to play in games that he's always been built for.

While the resulting changes helped the Celtics score a 111-108 victory in Game 3, Cleveland bounced back with a 112-99 triumph in the last contest to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.


While the video was pretty savage, the Celtics likely won't lose too much sleep over it. Boston was the top seed in the Eastern Conference this season and played pretty well in the playoffs otherwise. Cleveland will have to travel on the road to Boston for Game 5.

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates. It's also the third straight year the two teams have clashed in the finals, with Golden State winning the title in 2015.

Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks.

With his 28-point showing over the first two-plus quarters of Game 5, James moved ahead of Jordan, who scored 5,987 points in just 179 playoff games with the Bulls, but the Akron St. Vincent-St.

Love scored Cleveland's first eight points and finished the opening frame with 10 points and five rebounds. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

There are 240 minutes of play in an National Basketball Association game, but Boston's 112-99 Game 4 loss to Cleveland came down to seven (six minutes and 46 seconds to be precise). They finished 19 of 41 Thursday.

The two-time All-Star was sidelined in Game 2 after aggravating a hip injury.


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