Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

Before the game was over, James had broken the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list - racking up a career postseason total of 5,995 points and bumping His Airness Michael Jordan down to No. 2.

The win gives Cleveland a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and leaves them firmly on track for a third consecutive NBA Finals showdown against the Golden State Warriors.

As the Cavs' stars did throughout the East finals, they worked together in fire-breathing tandem Thursday.

James had earlier been whistled for his fourth foul with nearly seven minutes left in the first half, sending him to the bench.

The Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 65-42 in the second half, thanks to Irving's playoff career high in points.

At that point, Uncle Drew took over the ballgame - scoring 19 of the Cavaliers' final 21 points in the period and putting Cleveland squarely in control of the contest.

Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet.

Nothing was keeping him out. They didn't shoot particularly well from the field - Marcus Smart's shooting, as expected, came back to earth - but the Celtics were 19-for-20 from the line and scored at a solid rate, especially when you consider that they were missing their leading scorer.

James led the way with 11 points on a flawless five-for-five effort from the field.

Lue said didn't deliver any inspiring speech to his players before practice. "Just come out, be aggressive, in attack mode like he has been over the last four or five months".

Lue paused for several seconds before responding to a question about the third and fourth fouls called on James, who was whistled for barely touching Marcus Smart on a jumper and then was called for a charge.

Irving had led a 17-point swing in the quarter.

Irving scored 12 points in the quarter with James on the bench to save Cleveland from a blowout.

Hours after the Magic formally announced Tuesday morning they had hired Weltman, he named longtime National Basketball Association executive John Hammond as the club's new general manager.

There were two firsts in last night's Eastern Conference championship game. It was reported Monday night that Weltman and the Magic had agreed to a deal.

The last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Thomas has emerged as an All-Star in Boston.

Then, after stealing a pass from Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko, James got space in the lane after a post-up and threw down a right-handed dunk that put the Cavaliers up, 28-12, and forced another Boston timeout.

Thomas, who is done for the season with a right hip injury he sustained in March and aggravated in the playoffs, told Celtics coach Brad Stevens that he intends to get "one or two more opinions" before a course of action is set.

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