LeBron James surpasses Michael Jordan as NBA playoffs leading scorer

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This NBA Finals rubber match between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has been building up for a while.

The Cavs beat the Celtics 135-102 in game 5 on Thursday to book a 3rd straight NBA Finals clash with the Golden State Warriors.

Boston was the worst No. 1 seed in the history of the league, they said a little more than a month ago. Draymond Green is posting 13.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.2 assists per contest.

While the Warriors have posted a ideal 12-0 record in the playoffs this season, the Cavs have almost matched them.

"They've been playing great, but you can't get too far ahead of yourself", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said of the Warriors.

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"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title", Love said Saturday after the Cavs' first practice in preparation for the Warriors since clinching a spot in the Finals.

James needed more games to rack up his 5,995 career playoff points, 212 to Jordan's 179. "It should be the same for us", James said. He added (via ESPN), "It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. They cause a lot of stress, and I'll get to that point when we start to prepare for them".

The Celtics never led in any of the games in Boston, trailing by as many as 50 in Game 2 and 39 on Thursday night before both teams emptied their benches.

"I'm all help if they need it". We didn't talk about championships or anything. "And being so close to getting to the Finals, that makes you want it that much more".

Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a vehicle accident the morning of Boston's first playoff game.

"It was a matchup that we were all looking forward to, and I'm glad that we prevailed", Irving said.

Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points per game during the regular season and 23.3 during the postseason, scored 19 total points in the first two games against Cleveland. He drew within one of Jordan on a thunderous third-quarter dunk, then passed his childhood idol shortly afterward on a 3-pointer. They finished 19-for-41 from 3-point range, with James and Irving each hitting four.

Game 3: Golden State at Cleveland When: Wednesday, June 7 - 9 p.m.

"For my name to come up for discussion with the greatest basketball player of all time I was like "wow".

The bucket was part of a 35-point effort that also featured eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals. They somehow finished second in the East, leading to questions about whether they could truly "flip the switch" come the postseason. They were labeled the clear-cut Eastern Conference favorite before the season began and carried that label the majority of the way despite showing some warts during a turbulent regular season.

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