LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

  • LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

Golden State punched its ticket by sweeping the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, while the Cavaliers finished off the Boston Celtics in five games to win the Eastern Conference.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone.

Cleveland's 75 first-half points were the most in an National Basketball Association playoff game half since 2003 and gave them an 18-point cushion.

"We have to go in with a bunker mentality that we had in Game 1 and Game 2, to go out and do what we do, but we have to defend", James said. Like, we didn't know what they were going to run.

I'm the only one who thinks the Cavs are going to win, so of course I'm going with LeBron for MVP. We've made a lot of mistakes that you can't make at this stage. It's tough for me to say that is the case. "And so, I think maybe there's just a lack of appreciation for greatness". The Golden State Warriors are actually chasing history in this series, as no team has ever gone undefeated in the current playoff format.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to the NBA Finals for their third consecutive meetings with the Golden State Warriors.

"When you look at some of the greatest rebounders in our game, guys who create extra possessions, you've got to figure out a way to try to take him out, and not take him out like in a bad way, but how do you keep him off the glass, and they're doing a really good job the last couple games of putting two or three bodies on him", James said. Cleveland won by one point on Christmas Day and Golden State prevailed by 35 on January 16.

The Cavs jumped out to a quick lead over the Celtics and never handed it back.

Golden State led the league with a 67-15 record this season and is 27-1 in its last 28 games, including the playoffs.

A champion with the Miami Heat in 2012 and '13 in addition to winning it all with the Cavs last year, James spoke like the seasoned 14th-year pro he is when asked if the current Cleveland team was the best he's played on.

He said he may even swing by to see his eye doctor while the Warriors are in town. They've been super-impressive. It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see.

"Plus, having (Kevin) Durant now and being a little bit fresher because they swept all their series". So it makes it even more hard.

Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Golden State, has taken a great team and elevated it to a almost unstoppable level.

Lue knows the Cavs are facing a hard task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line. One more team. I couldn't have made the (entire) East better.

"The importance of Game 4, especially the way we came out in Game 3, I was saying to myself, 'they cannot tie this series.' We could not go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes nearly an even series", he said.

Words don't mean much now - not his, not Green's - and neither do underdog labels. "It should be the same for us", James said.

James, Irving and Love were the only three Cavs players to make double digits. That's enough motivation alone. And although that trash-talk tends to come from the players, sometimes even the coaches get involved.