Here’s what happened on day 34 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs:
CLE 135 – BOS 102, CLE wins series 4-1
The King moved past His Airness in postseason points, en route to a third straight trip for his team to the NBA Finals.
LeBron James needed 28 points to move past Michael Jordan for #1 on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list. He got 35, taking solo possession of the top spot late in the third quarter on a three-pointer.
James shot 13-of-18 from the field, 4-of-7 from behind the arc, with eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and a block, as he led the Cavs in a dominant game five win on the road.
Cleveland had a 15-5 lead at the 7:48 mark of the first period, and were up by 21, 37-16, before the first 12 minutes were up, in a game where the final result was never in doubt.
An and-one play by Jae Crowder whittled the Celtics deficit down to 13, 43-30, early in the second, but they would never get any closer from that point on. JR Smith nailed a triple in the third for Cleveland’s first 30-point lead, 95-65. Then with the benches in already to finish this one off, it reached a high of 39-points, 115-76, following a Derrick Williams jumper with 7:54 still to play.
Kyrie Irving seemed more than fine after twisting his ankle in game four, posting 24 points and seven assists. Kevin Love added a double-double of 16 markers and 11 boards, while Deron Williams contributed 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Avery Bradley top-scored for the Celtics with 23 points on 50 percent shooting. Jae Crowder added 11, while Al Horford and Marcus Smart combined for 14.
The NBA Finals, aka Warriors-Cavs III, begin on June 2 (PHL time)
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