Cavs book finals rematch with Warriors

That's all the the Cleveland Cavaliers need to clinch their third straight trip to the NBA Finals, where they would, for the third time in a row, face the Golden State Warriors.

"The best team in our league the last three years", James said of the Warriors.

Game one of the NBA Finals takes place at the Warriors' Oracle Arena in Oakland on Thursday, 1 June (02:00 BST on Friday). Despite the fact that the Cavaliers have handily defeated the Celtics in all other games, Golden State will assuredly be watching that Game 3 footage and figuring out what worked against LeBron and his Cavs that night.

James, who is chasing his fourth National Basketball Association title this year, finished with 35 points in the game to set a new mark of 5.995 points in 212 play-off games, while six-time National Basketball Association champion Jordan set his record in 179 games.

Even more notable was the loss of Celtics star player Isaiah Thomas to a hip injury for Game 2 against Cleveland.

James scored 35 points, passing Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list along the way, and Kyrie Irving had 24 for Cleveland.

James, arguably the premier player in the game, leads a Cavs side that features the sublime talents of Australian-born, but United States loyal, point guard Irving and sharpshooting big man Love. The best players will play on any court to any crowd, but the advantage the Warriors have coming into the final series, rested, undefeated, and looking strong, can't be denied. Many an National Basketball Association fan demands a brilliant individual performance that delivers a W before committing.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives against Boston. It was a franchise record for scoring in one quarter of a playoff game.

After playing three halves against the Cavaliers, the Celtics said Thomas was done for the season. Boston shot only 10-31 from three-point range and Marcus Smart fell back down to earth, as he scored only 8 points on 1-9 shooting after having a playoff career high of 27 points in Game 3.

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. They somehow finished second in the East, leading to questions about whether they could truly "flip the switch" come the postseason.

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