Cleveland's 4-1 series win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise's first championship.
While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's meeting between LeBron James'Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history.
With a three-point basket in the 3rd quarter, LeBronJames passed his hero, Michael Jordan, to become the NBA's all-time leader in playoff points scored. In 2015, Irving finished with 23 points on 46 percent shooting, seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks in before going down with an injury in overtime of Game 1.
LeBron James was once among thousands of youngsters striving to "be like Mike", but the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar never dreamed he'd be mentioned in the same breath as Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan as one of basketball's greatest.
James told a press conference, posted by NBA TV on Twitter: "I wear the number because of Mike".
James, arguably the premier player in the game, leads a Cavs side that features the sublime talents of Australian-born, but U.S. loyal, point guard Irving and sharpshooting big man Love.
Cleveland played much better defense in Game 4, as Boston failed to score 100 points and every Celtics player was held under 20 points.
The series resumes Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena before returning to Boston on Thursday for a Game 5 that didn't appear necessary until the Celtics stormed back from 21 down and won when Avery Bradley's 3-pointer danced an Irish jig on the rim before falling with 0.01 seconds left. Gerald Green, Terry Rozier and Jae Crowder all reached double figures too, as the Celtics chased the game. James "quietly' added 34 points of his own in spite of spending most of the night with four fouls to his name". Aldridge was twice held to eight points in the conference finals, including a 7-for-17 effort in Game 4. I'll also be interested to see if Channing Frye plays more of a role or if we'll see Richard Jefferson on the floor in the next round.
"I'm really happy we did what we did last night for him", Popovich said. That is because Golden State is 12-0 in the playoffs, but let's face it please, the National Basketball Association isn't what it once was.
When his three-pointer splashed with a half-second left in the third quarter, the Cavs led 87-80. Jordan appeared in 179 postseason games; James played his 212th.
"There's choices", Stevens said.
But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.
"But none of that matters if you don't take care of your business prior (to The Finals)".
Lue paused for several seconds before responding to a question about the third and fourth fouls called on James, who was whistled for barely touching Marcus Smart on a jumper and then was called for a charge. We've got to come out and play. "We'll see how they match up against Golden State and how that goes". Warriors 2017 NBA Finals scheduleEven if the NBA's top two teams have steamrolled their way right to the place everybody figured they'd be when the season started all those months ago. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.
France's interior minister said Wednesday that Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links to ISIS. Although Abedi was under British security surveillance, it didn't result in anything and it was made a decision to stop.
These three pairings were the strongest from the get-go, and their chemistry is a big part of how they stayed around so long. OneRepublic performed their latest hit, "No Vacancy", while pros Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko killed it on the floor.
A red flag stopped action for 19 minutes to fix the SAFER Barrier and catch fencing in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2. Sato said he didn't know he would win the race with three laps remaining running side-by-side with Castroneves .
If Travis continues to hit the ball well, it will be hard for the Red Sox to not take advantage of his bat while they have it. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut. "A big out, a momentum-shifter in that case".
This tension will remain until a peaceful solution is ultimately found between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Netanyahu had ferociously opposed the Iran deal, claiming it posed an existential threat to Israel.
The next five overwhelmed Pittsburgh on its home ice to tie the series for the first time since the puck dropped in Game 1. That's not insignificant, but it's nothing next to the TV audience (4.330 million viewers and a 2.38 household rating).
Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing enter this weekend with something to prove as the race team has not yet won this season. If he can do it again, Pagenaud can enjoy a couple more weeks in Indy with an even bigger lead in the standings.
Horgan said Tuesday that a majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and that needs to be considered. And with absentee ballots still to be counted, I am confident that they will strengthen our margin of victory.
No reports have come to Cert-In. "This is big and set to get bigger". Backups often are also out of date and missing critical information.
Arshad 'localised' Jack Sparrow's voice in 'Pirates...'
Hallelujah, Jack Sparrow's trusty Black Pearl swings into action after an interminable delay; three cheers for fearless Capt. Hector Barbossa ( Geoffrey Rush , endearing) who is also looking for treasure but finds something infinitely better.
Arsenal and Wenger set new FA Cup records
Honestly, the goal after three minutes should have been disallowed because there is a clear handball but our start wasn't good. But the other big decision Anthony Taylor had to make he got absolutely correct.
Button has a giggle on his return to Monaco
The pace auto will be driven by Jeffrey Dean Morgan from "The Walking Dead". "There is not a plan that you think in advance". One of the best drivers on the planet is skipping the Grand Prix of Monaco to drive in the Indianapolis 500 .
House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin held a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the status of Gianforte's assault case. Spending by the candidates stood at $5.2 million as of May 5, the date on the most recent reports of their expenditures.
OVC TRACK: Colonels ready to compete in NCAA Regional
Sophomore Julia Rizk is entered in the 800 meters and her time of 2:05.12 is the best by a female Bruin in more than four years. PT with seniors Fiyin Olusola in the first round of the 100 meter hurdles and Nicole Wadden taking on the high jump.
Alomania takes center stage at Indianapolis 500
Hinchcliffe also wants to win Sunday, but knows Alonso brings an additional dynamic to the table that is kind of a mixed blessing. I reserve most of my driveway for motorcycles... "If something happens, we just gotta be eyes up and ready for it".
Senate Intelligence Committee Presses For Flynn Documents
Brennan also said he believes that Russian intelligence officials "will try to exploit elections" and present a "serious" threat. Both intelligence chiefs, the report said, refused to comply with Trump's request, which they both deemed inappropriate.
Microsoft Unveils New Surface Pro With 13.5-hour Battery Life
The new model looks exactly like the Surface Pro 4 in nearly every way, but it has a wealth of new features under the hood . However, the new Surface Pro doesn't have a USB Type-C port, something that's common on nearly all high-end computers now.