The Cleveland Cavaliers, fueled by another milestone night for LeBron James, powered into a third straight NBA Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors with a dominant 135-102 win over the Celtics in Boston on Thursday (Friday in Manila). I fell in love with the game because of Mike.
"Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on", Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Cavs small forward James hit a three-pointer from the left wing in the third quarter to pass Jordan's record of 5,987 play-off points, which had stood for 19 years.
The 32-year-old James, who is seeking a fourth National Basketball Association title, took 212 post-season games to surpass Jordan, a six-time champion who played 179 playoff games. Those two teams ruled over many time periods in similar fashion to the current dominance displayed by Golden State and Cleveland.
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For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals. His outside shot has improved in recent years, and his ability to drain the three consistently helps stretch the defense and spread the floor. The Cavaliers are 12-1 in the postseason, losing only Game 3 to Boston.
LeBron James made history in the game, where he scored 35 points. They become the first team in National Basketball Association history to enter the championship decider with a 12-0 postseason record (the 2000-2001 Lakers were still playing in the best-of-five first round era), and they did so with absurd offensive firepower. And, probably most importantly, there was LeBron James, doing all those things only LeBron James does. "We don't go into any series saying we're only going to play four games, we can't approach a series like that, like, 'Yeah, we're going to play four.' You approach it with a mindset of, 'Of course we'd love to sweep them but you have to take that game by game'".
In addition to leading all scorers he had eight assists and eight rebounds.
Last year's NBA Finals went seven games, how can it be topped? I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was. He played just 18 minutes in Game 2 while playing through the lingering pain.
"I know people want to make a big deal of this, but it's not", he said after a workout of prospects in NY, where Kentucky guard Malik Monk and Duke forward Harry Giles were the headliners.
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"I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State", James said.
"I'm really proud where I am right now as a player and being as consistent every year as I've been", Durant said. What I'll try to accomplish is build a team that can compete for a championship or at least build towards one with Boston's current assets.
It was Green who was suspended for Game 5 of last year's Finals for a swipe at James' groin - and Golden State wound up squandering a 3-1 series lead and chance at a repeat title.
"We've got a good amount of people that will be back, and obviously, a strong core with also some exciting opportunities in the draft", said Stevens. That's all I can give you right now because I'm happy.
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