LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

A massive defeat on Thursday night Game 5 would also leave the Celtics with the daunting principles of having to win the rest of the games to take the Eastern Conference Finals championship title - a almost impossible task against the Cleveland Cavaliers that since the four-time MVP LeBron James returned home to OH in 2014-15 season has a 33-4 playoff record against the Eastern Conference nemesis.

With a deep three-pointer late in the third quarter, James surpassed Jordan's 5,987 career postseason points for the most in National Basketball Association history. Only Ray Allen (385) and Reggie Miller (320) have more. Fellow starters Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, but the surprise was Deron Williams.

Kyrie Ball: Kyrie Irving took over early in the third quarter as he did in Game 4 when he scored the first 10 points of the third quarter for the Cavs as they built their lead. Irving hit his third triple of the opening four minutes of the half to extend the Cavaliers to an 86-63 lead. The only thing that stood between James and the finals was the undermanned Boston Celtics. His outlet passes have been simply tremendous (even if LeBron missed a dunk on one of them last game) and he certainly seems locked in and ready for the Finals.

35 points on 13-of-18 shooting, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers did as expected in eliminating the Boston Celtics and in doing so, move on to the NBA Finals for the third straight season where they will face a well-rested Golden State Warriors club.

The 135-102 win puts James back in the Finals for a seventh consecutive time, a mark matched only by Bill Russell's Celtics teams of the 1950s and '60s.

They've given themselves a chance to erase the sting of their 44-point loss in Game 2.

In Game 5, the Cavaliers managed to find areas to exploit most of the first half as they pulled ahead to dominate the action.

Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003. "It means that I've got to go straight to work tomorrow, but I'm looking forward to watching some of these prospects".

The Boston Celtics could see their best season in six years come to a crashing end on Thursday when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says that Kyrie Irving's left ankle is feeling "good" in advance of Cleveland's Game 5 matchup Thursday night with the Celtics. They were like the inhabitants of Whoville on Christmas morning, and LeBron had become their Grinch. "We still have to keep growing as a group and getting better". I fell in love with the game because of Mike. Not the way we wanted to finish, but we came a long ways from the beginning of the year, came together.

It wouldn't be quite insane to think the Boston could secure the Game 5 at home.

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