LeBron James Makes History, Cavaliers Advance

  • LeBron James Makes History, Cavaliers Advance

LeBron James Makes History, Cavaliers Advance

The Warriors, riding a historic 12-0 postseason run, opened as series favorites ranging from minus-220 at Station Casinos to minus-260 at the South Point and Westgate sports books with the Cavaliers a plus-180 'dog at Stations and plus-220 at the South Point and Westgate.

The 2016 champion Cavaliers and the 2015 champion Warriors will battled for the crown for a third straight year in the best-of-seven starting at Golden State on Thursday. He played three halves against the Cavaliers before limping off the court in the middle of Game 2.

"We need to hit adversity in order to grow", Irving said.

And not to mention this is the seventh straight trip to the Finals for LeBron and James Jones. Irving eventually finished with 42 points.

Let the hype, and the waiting, begin: Game 1 isn't until June 1.

Handicapper Doug Fitz (Systemplays.com), a Cleveland native, expects the Warriors to win the title, mostly because of the way they blew a 3-1 lead over the Cavaliers last season.

"They've been playing great, but you can't get too far ahead of yourself", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said of the Warriors. Games 1 and 2 will be on Golden State's home floor.

LeBron James scored 35 points to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader - surpassing Michael Jordan.

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.

James is 32 and in his 14th season, and has been compared to Jordan in some way for about that long.

Jordan scored 5 987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003.

James told a press conference, posted by NBA TV on Twitter: "I wear the number because of Mike. It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated-that's all.".

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.

He has scored 955 of those points against Boston, the most for any player against any team. We've been playing against a very good team, all credit to those guys, but we feel like we should be here and we feel like we should be a championship-contending team.

In-between, the Celtics shocked everyone by winning Game 3 in Cleveland, thanks to a game-winning three from Longhorn Avery Bradley.

The Cavaliers, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year's finals, set an National Basketball Association record in winning their 13th straight playoff series potential closeout game. And then we come out, we get some tremendous looks, and Kyrie just goes nuts and ends us.

The Cleveland regulars were 16 of 33 from behind the arc through three quarters-after the Cavs went 19 of 39 on treys in a 44-point win in Game 2.

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