"I thought he saw LeBron went out and he wanted to put the team on his shoulders, on his back and let us ride him until LeBron got back", Cavs coach Ty Lue said of Irving, who connected on 15 of 22 shots (4 of 7 3-pointers) for the game. He was just 21 in his first playoff game, but was well-prepared at that point to lead his teams on lengthy runs, whereas Jordan didn't get his Bulls out of the first round until he was 25. It was a wrap early.
With a much-anticipated third straight NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers now just days away, there are all sorts of things to talk about, and plenty of predictions to make.More news: Iraq attempts to seize last Daesh positions in Mosul
The last champagne bottle hadn't been popped a year ago before the Cavs and Warriors were picked by odds makers to return for a third straight match up with the Warriors pegged as the early favorites.
However, after a 112-99 comeback win in Game 4 and Thursday night's victory over the injury-riddled Celtics, the Cavs now stand at 12-1 this postseason.
He did it with a three-pointer late in the third quarter and sat out the entire fourth period.
Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason.More news: Callon Petroleum Company (CPE) Cut to Sell at ValuEngine
The Celtics' lead always felt flimsy, and Irving took a sledgehammer to it in the third quarter, almost outscoring Boston by himself and formally putting an end to their chances with a magnificent 21-point frame.
"I think it is making us better". The Thunder lost to Miami in five games, a series that made James a champion for the first time. Celtics G Avery Bradley on the team's first home game since the Game 2 Cleveland blowout, said, "We owe our fans a better performance.". Then in Game 2, he scored seven points and was a plus 12 on the court. "You got us to this point and continue to do that, so I just tried to find ways to get into the lane, get into transition, when they backed off, shoot the jumper, and felt very comfortable". "To say we're a better team without him is just silly".
"Like I've always told you guys all the time anytime I'm linked to any other great, even the greatest in Mike, it's just an honor", said James prior to the Cavs' pregame shoot around Thursday morning at the TD Garden.
NOTES: Celtics G Isaiah Thomas (right hip) visited with an undisclosed specialist to determine the course of action for his surgery.More news: America's Cup qualifiers off to smashing start in Bermuda
James is seventh in National Basketball Association history in scoring during the regular season with 28,787 points; Jordan is fourth with 32,292 points. It's the Eastern Conference finals.
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