LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

When it came to these Eastern Conference finals, getting past the Cavaliers would have required good fortune on the grandest scale. Oh, and having the first overall pick in the draft doesn't hurt either. Finding a parking space on Newbury Street lucky.

James hit a three-pointer in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics that gave him 29 points in the game, at that stage 5989 points in his post-season career. "I'll be like, "F--.' They're running all kinds of s--, man".

"That's a question that none of us can answer in here", James said. But we know if we play the next play the right way, we've got a chance to win that possession.

The win sets up a third consecutive match-up with Western Conference champion Golden State in the Finals.

The Celtics lost that game by 44 points to fall behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven series, then announced the next day that Thomas was done for the season. His 33.4 PPG in the playoffs remains a record, easily surpassing the likes of Allen Iverson, Jerry West, Kevin Durant and James on the all-time leaderboard. We've played that way, and maybe people don't appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep.

If we're being intellectually honest, there is no maybe. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series. They seem to have some rotations going that the Cavaliers have had trouble defending. The Celtics are built to build some more.

In light of that need for roster enhancement, this could have been the last parquet party for a fair number of those in uniform. More than how it reflects on our team is how he's feeling that makes it very hard to have to sit here and say that the man that's hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can't do it.

"You know they're giving us everything that they have, and we're expecting it, and we want the challenge". "Then, you add the green on their back and this is history. I think that helped shape my game". This should be a high scoring game with a few threes that fall, so I like the over in this spot.

The deficit reached a peak of 37 points, the second worst under Brad Stevens to the 50-point lead the Cavs reached in Game 2. I appreciated everybody's approach.

Proof that winning will endure long-past LBJ's prime does more for my general well-being than I could have ever expected. It doesn't matter who you're going against or how you get the job done. "The great thing about this is the experience". Backcourt partner Avery Bradley wasn't much better as he went 7-of-19 from the field and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. That was my mindset when I started playing the game. They move the ball and limit turnovers better than nearly every team in the National Basketball Association.

"But we can't worry about that". It felt like we grew as the year went on. If guys are here, if guys aren't, we all wish the best for each other. It's carried me all the way to this point now and it's going to carry me for the rest of my career. "I'm glad we prevailed, but they tested us every step of the way".

And while the Celts recognize that reality, they were still fighting after the last, merciful buzzer of the series. "I wish could say that he was". "I feel like if we weren't, there would be a problem". After a rocky first half which saw them trail by double-digits and LeBron James pick up four fouls, the Cavs were simply too much to handle for the Celtics in the second half. In 34 minutes of action, James finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. "Collectively, we can take away what an elite (team) looks like".

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