Cavs Beat Celtics As LeBron James Tops NBA's All-Time Playoff Scoring List

Still, they beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next game before falling easily in Games 4 and 5.

Thomas said at the team's practice facility Friday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab. If anyone would prefer seeing Barnes suited up instead of Durant, I don't know them.

"No matter what happens, let's make sure I come back even better", he told reporters.

Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points. Kelly Olynyk another. Marcus Smart stepped into the starting lineup, and rookie Jaylen Brown helped out from the bench.

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas wanted to keep playing in the Eastern Conference finals, but team doctors and officials convinced him he needed to shut down his season for his long-term health.

There is some truth to both arguments, but the fact of the matter is these teams aren't almost as bad as they're perceived to be after LeBron gets through with them and he deserves credit for such consistent and interminable dominance that doesn't appear to be reaching its climax anytime soon.

This victory gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a 3-1 National Basketball Association playoff win in the Eastern Conference and they had to recover from a 16-point deficit to make this happen.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates his three-point basket during the second half of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursday in Boston.

Former NBA All-Star, champion, and WNBA coach Bill Laimbeer of the "bad boy" Detroit Pistons was asked about the LeBron/Jordan comparison on "The Rematch" podcast, and he said we've never seen anyone like LeBron (hat tip the USA Today).

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Evgeny Kuznetsov added two assists as the Capitals broke open the game with three third-period goals to take a 5-0 lead. With a 2.49 goals-against average, Braden Holtby hasn't exactly been awful during these playoffs.

"I've gotta do what's best for me in the long run, what's best for my body", Thomas said.

"We think we have a good group of guys, guys that compete and play hard", said Celtics big man Al Horford.

Michael Jordan lead in all-time playoffs points with 5,987, and now LeBron holds the record with 5,989 points. The Warriors swept all three of their playoff series, winning by an average of 16 points per game.

You're not going to hold on to a pick in 2019 and not acquire a player who can unlock another level and bring Cleveland a title. When we drew up the play in the timeout in the third quarter and he came out and he was shooting the ball so well, went in, and we're celebrating it for him. "So however you want to take that, that's how the season's been".

Thomas believes he originally injured his hip in mid-March and played through the lingering pain until it gave out in the playoffs. The Cavaliers in the regular season have won 50+ games for the last three seasons. The Cavs were pushed in individual games in the first round by the Indiana Pacers, but even the Celtics were drilled in two home-game blowouts.

"It's carried me to this point now and it's going to carry me for the rest of my career because scoring is not number one on my agenda".

"Everybody's said I've gotta be patient", Thomas said.

As it is, the closest active players to him - Tony Parker (4,012), Dwyane Wade (3,871), Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) and Manu Ginobili (3,009) - are all nearing the end of their careers, and they aren't all that close to begin with. The Cavaliers' offense has been great so far in the playoffs, but they do have one glaring weakness - their defense. "Like, I have an extra bone or something", Thomas said. "The great thing about this is the experience". Ainge is as unpredictable as it gets for front office executives, so I won't try to predict what he will do.


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