Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

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"This is a great moment, and this is not promised", James said after scoring 35 points and becoming the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer in a 135-102 blowout of the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Thursday to clinch the Eastern Conference title.

For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals.

James told a press conference, posted by NBA TV on Twitter: "I wear the number because of Mike".

LeBron usually takes over games when he has a chance to close a series out, so this is likely going to be one of those spots where we see the Cavs clicking and playing at a much better level than what we saw in game three and four.

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Golden State led the league with 67 wins this season and is a staggering 27-1 in its last 28 games - including a flawless 12-0 in the Western Conference playoffs, the first time a team has gone this deep into an National Basketball Association postseason without losing. He quickly flashed one finger as he backpedaled down the court.

"He basically was just waiting for an opportunity to be able to blossom", James said. "That was my mindset". We can't turn the ball over that much because it leads to points.

The duo ended up combining for 76 points, with Irving racking up 42 points and four assists, the point total marking a playoff high for the six-year veteran. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader.

"This is a big step for us", said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue, "especially what we went through all season, and we were doubted throughout the regular season".

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"This team is a insane team", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after Thursday's game.

"This team is a insane team". We all gave our heart every single night, played as hard as we could. "We'll figure out what we need to do to get better". Boston had another nice balanced attack on offense, with Avery Bradley putting up 19 points to lead the team.

One would think that playing on the road in a series-clinching situation would make it even tougher on the Cavs, but they've proven that to be no obstacle in the past.

Irving, who shook off a Game 4 twisted ankle, shot 9 of 15 from the floor and 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

He reached the milestone in style late in the third quarter with a three-point jump shot that hit nothing but net. He showed no signs of lingering issues, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists. Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland. Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015.

It wouldn't be insane to think the Celtics could win Game 5 at home.

Game 5 is Thursday in Boston.

"I thought we played a little too haphazard tonight", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Not the way we wanted to finish, but we came a long ways from the beginning of the year, came together.

If you scour the internet and social media these days, articles will appear suggesting that the Boston Celtics should trade All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas.

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