As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4.
It will be James' seventh straight trip to The Finals and eighth overall.
Avery Bradley scored 23 points for the Celtics.
"The biggest thing is I did it just being me, I don't have to score the ball to make an impact on the basketball game", James said. Warriors GM says Steve Kerr's status for NBA Finals remains unclearThere was some worry for Kyrie Irving prior to the start of game 5. The Cavs are 12-1 in these playoffs, suffering a surprising loss at home to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their series. He entered the contest needing 28 points to surpass Jordan. Cleveland overcame a 3-1 deficit to win its first championship in franchise history, taking a historic Game 7 in 2016.
James moves past him to the top of the list in his 212th career playoff game.
LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. Golden State won the first meeting back in 2015 in six games. A franchise record for total points. Cleveland won by one point on Christmas Day and Golden State prevailed by 35 points on January 16. We've played that way, and maybe people don't appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep. "But we like where we're headed".
Cleveland scored 75 points in the first half and they meant business from the opening tip.
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Game 3 is Sunday night.
"Throughout the series, I didn't get the opportunity to have that moment (with Thomas)", James said Thursday night. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". We understand that this is a good team. "You just know that they could come in and win multiple championships and be All-Stars every year".
Coming off a 10-day break, LeBron James and Cavaliers raced to an early lead were never threatened. After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points.
Though Cleveland was 7-0 on the road this postseason, the Cavaliers were actually a game below.500 on the road this past regular season at 20-21. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first National Basketball Association title. "I saw it in Kev this morning".
Its painful, and I know its painful for him more than anybody..
"Unfortunately this has been a two-year odyssey", Myers said.
"He's playing at a high level". Even though hes suffering, being at home or being removed is actually harder if we can understand that, because this is his joy, the GM said. Each has taken a title from the other, and each wants to stake its claim as the defining team of its time.