Lebron fires Cavs into NBA Finals

When later asked if he had viewed the fight on videotape, Ali replied, "Why would I want to go back and see Hell?" "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, seeing what he was able to accomplish".

"When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's almost like a god".

"I wear the number because of Mike", James said.

LeBron James scored 35 points during a 135-102 road victory over Boston in Game 5 of the East finals, sending Cleveland to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

In the postgame trophy presentation backstage, James spent most of it lingering in the background as his teammates celebrated. "But I definitely wasn't trying to hear that at that point in time". "That was my mindset". "I don't have to score the ball to make an impact in a basketball game".

As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night".

Coach Tyronn Lue said they've gotten tighter this season. "It's cute.". The Cavaliers' 43 points in the first quarter made them the first playoff team since the 1990 Celtics with three 40-point quarters against the same team.

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"The importance of a Game 4, especially the way we came out in Game 3, you know, in the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, 'We can not - they can not tie up this series, ' " Irving said.

Boston, missing the injured Isaiah Thomas, had four players in double figures, with Avery Bradley scoring a leading 19 points.

The Cavaliers and Warriors split their two meetings this season, both winning at home. Cleveland won the three road games in the series by a combined 90 points, the last two by a total of 77. Here are five reasons why they're ready to pull it off.

This is the first time the same two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals, and it's the matchup that most NBA fans - and Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob - wanted. Overall, James and Irving outscored the Celtics 60-50 after Boston took its largest lead of the game with 5:30 left in the first half. He's signed for one more season at $6.2 million, an absolute steal for one of the NBA's best scorers, and has said he'll seek a max contract when he becomes a free agent (or as he termed it, a "Brinks Truck").

Irving kept Cleveland within striking distance while James was out by scoring 12 points over the final 5:11 of the second quarter. However, as Irving completed his barrage (even after spraining his ankle), James showed up in a big way to take the torch, dropping 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter. The Celtics led 57-47 at the break.

The Pistons ended the Bulls" season in the playoffs in 1988-90, including the Eastern Conference Finals in "89 and '90 en route to back-to-back titles. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

"I think what it has to do with, it has to do with the fact he's got a nice, long, fat contract with the Cavs and he realizes that he can finally afford to pay me the money that he owes me for the shooting game back in 2000 or whenever it was", Brown said with a grin.

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