LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

Sheri Evans
May 26, 2017

"We all need to soak this up".

Tonight, his Cleveland Cavaliers made easy work of the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, winning by a score of 135-102. This marks the first "threematch" in NBA Finals history.

James, who also had eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a blocked shot, then talked about "the beast of an opponent" that is waiting. The point total is a franchise playoff record for points in any quarter.

Of the Warriors and the Cavs, only Cleveland has dropped a game this playoffs - a single, solitary loss to Boston on an off-day, that the internet is hilariously suggesting was a thrown game so LeBron could beat the Celtics senseless in Boston one more time.

Cleveland came through the East by winning 12 of their 13 games and will look to defend their title against the Warriors, who were a ideal 12-0 as they came through the Western Conference play-offs. "You saw that in Game 3 against Boston".

"(The Celtics are), like I told you guys before, it's like we're preparing for a whole new team.

LeBron James became the highest scorer in National Basketball Association play-off history, surpassing Michael Jordan's record of 5987, with a 35-point effort for the Cavaliers. The Warriors played 11 of their final 16 games at home, including six of their last seven.

"It is just a personal goal of mine and it has nothing to do with passing him in rings, passing him in points, passing him in MVPs", said James.

To find out, watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff, Game Five live stream online from the 17,500-seat TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, with streaming video provided by Watch TNT at this link, or by downloading the Watch TNT app to watch a live stream on mobile devices. In fact, the Celtics never had the lead in any of the three games in Boston. No one has scored more points against any team in the playoffs than James has against the Celtics over the past 10 years. "Collectively, we can take away what an elite (team) looks like".

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"I've twisted my ankle so many times that plays like that, you have two choices, either you can sit there and kind of wallow in the sorrow of you twisting your ankle or capture the moment", Irving said.

"We owe our fans a better performance, and we know that, and we're going to play hard", Celtics guard Avery Bradley said.

Which gives the Warriors an extra Finals wild card, if needed, that they've yet to play.

With Cleveland in jeopardy of dropping its second game in a row after James followed an 11-point Game 3 by picking up four first-half fouls, Irving put on a breathtaking one-man show in the third quarter. Two baskets by James ballooned the lead to 25 with 6:39 left in the third quarter. Irving also had a monster third quarter with 13 points with three 3 pointer's, as well.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during the game.

The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night.

"You can't (think about it)".

A decade ago, Mike Brown and his young Cleveland Cavaliers arrived at the 2007 NBA Finals - soon to get swept by the Spurs - in awe. Bill Russell holds the record of appearing in 10 consecutive Finals. Next, he'll set his sights on the trilogy with the Golden State Warriors, which tips off next Thursday.

Smart made a staggering seven three pointers, which was the most he had scored in a game. The Celtics observed a moment of silence for the victims of Monday's bombing in Manchester, England.

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