James says Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

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James began making his presence known early and did a bit of everything.

Irving did more of his dancing and general trickery, recording 24 points and seven assists.

The Celtics would be outscored 43-27 in the first quarter. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in National Basketball Association history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs. Brown used to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Thunder lost to Miami in five games, a series that made James a champion for the first time. Two baskets by James ballooned the lead to 25 with 6:39 left in the third quarter.

For the third time in as many TD Garden games in the series, the Cavaliers never trailed.

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer in the playoffs. He added 15 more points to his scoring column while Irving dropped 13 in the period. Cleveland's perennial joyride to the Finals rolls over minor speedbump after minor speedbump.

James finished the game with 35 points to take his career playoff total to 5995 points. By that time, both teams emptied their benches while the starters waited for time to run out. Bradley had 19 points and five rebounds in that game. With each thunderous performance - and this postseason has been full of them as the Cavs, 12-1 in these playoffs, coasted into a rematch with the Golden State Warriors - he draws ever closer to his idol.

"This is the honest truth, and I'm probably going to get in trouble for this, I don't think there's anything you can do to try and compare a team to our team because we have LeBron and Kyrie", said Cavs veteran forward Channing Frye.

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Peace, he said, "can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded or rewarded". But a key center-left figure called the visit "a missed opportunity of historic proportions".

"It was a matchup that we were all looking forward to, and I'm glad that we prevailed", Irving said. Obviously adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP makes them even more impressive. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night". Anyway, I always felt that Bogut going down did more damage to the Warriors' chances.

"We think we have a good group of guys, guys that compete and play hard", said Celtics big man Al Horford.

James has three National Basketball Association titles while Jordan has six.

The previous franchise record for points in a half was 74, set by the Cavaliers on May 4, 2016, against the Atlanta Hawks. Johnson, who didn't play in Game 4, is listed as probable for Thursday evening, but Crowder, who hit the ground after an uncomfortable fall in Game 4, joins him on that list.

The Wine and Gold have been victorious through the East, with a record of 12 - 1.

-Before tipoff, there was a moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing that occurred on Monday.

The continuing rivalry between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors as they head into their third consecutive NBA Finals against one another has seen the latest volley offered. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion". This year they crushed the Celtics, the No. 1 seed that fell behind No. 8 seed Chicago, 2-0, in the first round before winning four games after Rajon Rondo went down.

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