James surpasses Jordan as all-time playoff scoring leader

Clyde Nash
May 29, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers were supposed to get there, and they did.

The win sets up a third consecutive match-up with Western Conference champion Golden State in the Finals. "We need to understand the privilege that we have and the opportunity that we have to play in the Finals again, to have the opportunity to win a championship".

― Reuters picLOS ANGELES, May 26 ― Cleveland superstar LeBron James surpassed National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan as the league's all-time playoff scoring leader yesterday in the Cavaliers' Eastern Conference finals victory over the Celtics in Boston. "Obviously, it's special to me because it is the Finals".

The two finals teams have lost just one game between them on the way to the finals, the Warriors going a flawless 12-0 in cutting a swathe through the Western Conference and the Cavs dropping just one game.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was a teammate of Jordan's with the Washington Wizards and said hearing Jordan and James linked these days is inevitable. Josh Jackson is probably the next contender for the spot, and having Jackson and 2016 No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown on the wings could be a formidable combination for Boston going forward.

As the NBA's great G.O.A.T. debate rages on, LeBron James has passed Michael Jordan in one regard. "It's our job to make sure that we defend him as best we can and just make every - take other guys out of the game". It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. "It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated - that's all".

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Much more of that sort of that will likely follow over the next week, filling time before Golden State plays host to Game 1.

Maintaining that kind of discipline might seem impossible if we hadn't seen it done just a year ago in the final three games of a championship series that already seemed decided.

"We're definitely disappointed. I feel like if we weren't, there would be a problem", he said.

No matter what, you can not count James and his team out of any series, as we learned a year ago.

The Cavaliers' victory may not have been as emphatic as Game 2 last week, but it was demoralizing for the Celtics nonetheless.

"I don't care who you're playing, to make it to the NBA Finals, to win your conference finals, it's a big task", Brown said.

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James said he embraced Isaiah Thomas, who sat out the last three games of the series after playing the first two with a hip injury, later paying tribute to Boston's little big man.

"I think the first thing for me was seeing the excitement on Kyle (Korver's) and Deron (Williams') face", James said. They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically.

Marcus Smart answered a Kevin Love three in the game's first 75 seconds, but Cleveland rolled from there. Two baskets by James ballooned the lead to 25 with 6:39 left in the third quarter.

James had a total of 35 points by the end of the third period to reach 5,995 in his career.

James scored 15 and Irving 13 in the period, with James hitting three bombs in the final 2:41. They left the series with a -24.4 net rating, a fitting monstrosity to illustrate the massive gap between the two teams over the majority of the five games. They finished 19 of 41 Thursday.

As Cleveland faltered in the regular season, the Celtics had seized the top seed in the East. Just getting to that point, you know how hard it is and how much work you put in to start the season. Simple as that. It's good that we're here now.

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NOTES: Cleveland's 109 points through three quarters marked the most the Celtics have allowed in the shot-clock era.

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