LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

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If needed, the series would then alternate between Golden State and Cleveland for the final three games of the best-of-seven series on June 12, 15 and 18.

But it all evaporated.

Durant's only other time in the Finals was 2012 when he was with Oklahoma City, but the Thunder lost to the Miami Heat in a series that made James a champion for the first time. We obviously see that the team to get past is Cleveland, and right now we're not there, we're not where we need to be.

The Cavaliers reasserted control over the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night with a 112-99 win over the Celtics, one in which Kyrie Irving destroyed the Celtics with 42 points while playing on a bum ankle. No matter what happens, let's make sure I come back even better. The Warriors are 36-7 against the West in the postseason the last three years.

And they're doing this without their head coach. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion".

Kerr is still involved, albeit donning sweatpants. Despite the loss, the Warriors were still the best team in the league. But it's uncertain if Kerr will return to the bench for the NBA Finals. Cleveland won by one on Christmas Day, Golden State prevailed by 35 on January 16.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ESPN. He is eligible for free agency after next season.

Wait, the Isaiah Thomas-less 53-win Celtics are harder to defend than the Kevin Durant-supercharged 67-win Warriors?

LeBron James delved into a bit of hyperbole when he said, "I feel some adversity is part of the postseason".

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Added Bradley: "Sky's the limit if we're able to keep the core guys together". We didn't talk about championships or anything. Simple as that. It's good that we're here now. We didn't want close calls or a close series.

Instead of the Cavaliers sweeping the Celtics, the Celtics shocked everyone by coming back in game three to beat the Cavaliers.

The Cavs punched their ticket to big dance by closing out the Boston Celtics - which is a sentence that makes it sound like the Celtics had a snowball's chance in hell of winning. "The only one past year who did work against other players was Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick, and that's because he didn't have an agent". The Cavs set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

Can the Cavs do it again?

Much more of that sort of that will likely follow over the next week, filling time before Golden State plays host to Game 1. They were done by the end of the third quarter in Thursday's Game 5, but they still scored or assisted on 34 of the team's 38 baskets while in the game.

With a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the third quarter James, 32, surpassed Jordan's 5,987 playoff points. After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points.

JAMES: The biggest thing for me sitting here today after breaking the all-time scoring record in playoff history is that I did it just being me. That was my mindset when I started playing the game. Join the King James Gospel team!

James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him and Cleveland picked up where it left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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