LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James attacks the rim. "We needed everything tonight".

James eclipsed Jordan as the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer on Thursday as he led the Cavaliers into a third straight NBA Finals - fuelling comparisons to six-time NBA champion Jordan.

The Finals don't start for anther week. The shot put him past Jordan for the most points in playoffs history: 5,995 and counting after James concluded another masterpiece with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

Led by two players who've won National Basketball Association regular season MVP awards, former Davidson star Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, the Warriors are emerging as a clear favorite among the oddsmakers. Game 1 will be held at Oracle Arena on Thursday, June 1. "They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up", he said.

It would be tempting now that their season is in the past tense to eulogize them by saying they put up a valiant fight, right down their last heave, that there are reasons for pride even considering the disgusting final score of the season's final game.

Jae Crowder will be a key player for the Boston Celtics in Game Five, after scoring 18 in Game Four. It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. I'd be lying if I said I don't feel a little bit nervous picking against LeBron James, but I just think the Warriors have too much talent.

The Cavaliers would increase their lead to more than 30 points on multiple occasions in the third quarter and go on to cruise to the win. Fellow starters Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, but the surprise was Deron Williams. It's tough for me to say that is the case.

"I went over to his house when we were in the middle of the playoffs". I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was.

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That honor belonged to Kyrie Irving , who picked up his team when James went to the bench in the second quarter with four fouls. Schools close down, pollen kicks in, the neighborhood pool opens for the season, and LeBron James goes back to the NBA Finals.

By going unbeaten in three series to reach the NBA Finals, the Warriors broke the previous record for best start in NBA postseason history, which the Los Angeles Lakers set twice with 11-0 runs in 1989 and 2001. "He said he wanted us". They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are.

In his second season in New York, Babe Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series berth in 1921 against the Giants. He then sat out the fourth quarter of his 212th career postseason game.

James, a three-time Finals MVP, is next at 2-1.

Watch a preview of the Cavaliers-Celtics Game Five - an elimination game for Boston - courtesy of NBA TV and featuring NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and eight-time All-Star Vince Carter, in the video below. The 43 points are the most Cleveland has ever scored in any quarter of a playoff game.

As the Cavs' stars did throughout the East finals, they worked together in fire-breathing tandem Thursday.

Yes, the Boston Celtics delivered an undeniably successful season in 2016-17. You haven't got anything better to do anyway.

Added Bradley: "Sky's the limit if we're able to keep the core guys together".

1959-1966 - Boston wins the NBA Finals Championship for eight consecutive years. Past year he carried his team back from the brink as the Cavs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and win the title. The Celtics observed a moment of silence for the victims of Monday's bombing in Manchester, England.

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