LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader

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Cleveland and Golden State will meet in the Finals for a third straight season.

While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's meeting between LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. "We need to understand the privilege that we have and the opportunity that we have to play in the Finals again, to have the opportunity to win a championship".

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.

Kyrie Irving had 24 points and seven assists and the Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter.

While the Warriors have posted a ideal 12-0 record in the playoffs this season, the Cavs have almost matched them.

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James had come into the contest needing 28 points to pass Jordan - victor of six titles with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s - for first on the post-season scoring list. It's just that the data doesn't like his chances - BPI gives the Warriors a 28 percent chance to finish the flawless playoff run with a four-game sweep, and the Cavaliers have only a 6 percent chance of repeating as National Basketball Association champions.

"It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs", James said. "(Chasing his ghost) is just my personal goal to keep me motivated", James said.

Much more of that sort of that will likely follow over the next week, filling time before Golden State plays host to Game 1.

Warriors host game one of the championship series in Oakland next Thursday.




"We're definitely disappointed. I felt like if we weren't, it would be a problem", Bradley said.

"We obviously see the team to get past is Cleveland, said Al Horford". The Cavaliers won 135-102.

"I leave with a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth not playing as well here, and man you want to play well here", said an emotional Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who earned his first two playoff series wins this year.

Boston was without guard and All-NBA Second Team selection Isaiah Thomas for the final three games of the series due to a hip injury that may require surgery. That jibed with comments James made in December, when he said of Jordan, "He was much more of a scorer", adding, "You recognize the dominance that someone had. but there's no similarities in our game, at all". The Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions met in three straight title games from 1952 to 1954, with the Lions winning the first two and Cleveland winning the third.

James had a total of 35 points by the end of the third period to reach 5,995 in his career.

James scored 15 and Irving 13 in the quarter, with James hitting three bombs in the final 2:41.

"I wanted to be Mike, so for my name to come up in any discussion with Michael Jordan or Kareem (Abdul Jabbar).it's a wow factor". Both Amir Johnson, who started 77 games but saw his role greatly reduced in the playoffs, and Jonas Jerebko are free agents, and there's virtually no chance they return. Ainge either has to do something more drastic (add a second All-Star via trade) or potentially take a painful step back towards a younger core while eyeing a contender down the road.

NOTES: Cleveland's 109 points through three quarters marked the most the Celtics have allowed in the shot-clock era.

In James' four years with the Heat 12 players from the West were first team All-NBA and eight from the East, including James all four years. Bill Russell holds the record of appearing in 10 consecutive Finals. I never believed I could beat Michael. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

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