James, Cavs KO Celts, set up rematch vs. Warriors

THE Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in the NBA Finals for the third straight season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers pose for a team photo after defeating the Boston Celtics in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at the TD Garden.

Irving, who scored a career-playoff-high 42 points, rolled his left ankle with 1:49 left in his 21-point third quarter but is expected to play Thursday. LeBron James is averaging 32.5 points and eight rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.5 points and 5.6 assists.

James came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points, but that was after Irving put the team on his back and gave them a lead.

James went into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals needing 28 points to surpass Jordan's record of 5,987 postseason points.

Jordan's six National Basketball Association titles are twice as many as James's three - two of them won with the Miami Heat before he returned to Cleveland with the avowed aim of bringing a championship to his home state of Ohio.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. We will have to wait until Thursday, June 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET for Game 1 in Oakland, but here are five questions we're all thinking about in anticipation of the 2017 NBA Finals.

Boston's Avery Bradley tried to fight back with 14 points in the second quarter.

Irving said he felt compelled to take over when James was stymied by foul trouble. LeBron will have a hard time driving and finishing when JaVale McGee is in the game - certainly more hard than anything he's faced in these playoffs. "I think I've made more than I've missed, though, so the percentages are pretty good". After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points.

"I thought we played a little too haphazard tonight", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

"I think I missed one in Boston before", he said. "I told our guys: 'We made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be'". Past year in the Finals, LeBron was able to freelance much more, playing off Draymond Green and then on the pick-and-roll, LeBron was able to bottle up Stephen Curry from raining threes or driving.

Sure, Boston ended up losing Game 4 - and heck the Cavs nearly covered in the end, too.

Nearly immediately in the first round, both teams made it clear they have no equal in their respective conferences.

"I feel like we're humble enough to know we haven't played well at home", he said.

"I didn't go bald like Mike, but I'm getting there", he quipped.

In the first championship meeting in 1952, Layne and Walker ran for TDs to give the Lions a 17-7 win and their first championship since 1935.

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