Cavs Beat Celtics As LeBron James Tops NBA's All-Time Playoff Scoring List

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With a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the third quarter James, 32, surpassed Jordan's 5,987 playoff points.

As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to focus on defending their National Basketball Association championship. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship. The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing", Lue responded when questioned about the Warriors. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. The story lines are plenty, including a few fresh ones, such as acting Golden State coach Mike Brown going against the team he coached not once but twice.

"Playing in this league, you can't take anything for granted", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. I'd imagine once you take into account their assist totals, all of GSW's offense comes by way of those three players (sorry for the snub Dray). Like, am I the reason that they're not that good (laughs). But they deserve a lot of credit.

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They've given themselves a chance to erase the sting of their 44-point loss in Game 2.

However, they are going to have their hands full with the best player in the game in Bron. Cleveland didn't panic without James, even with its poor record on nights he sits, and instead used the experience as a growth opportunity in a huge win."LeBron goes out with four fouls and I know everybody was like, "Oh, my God, '" Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said".

It helps to have a 6-foot-8 freight train tracking down and pinning balls against the glass versus opposing guards, like LeBron James did to Avery Bradley during the Boston series.

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When asked about the suggestion that the Celtics were better without him after they rallied to win Game 3 against the Cavaliers while Thomas was sidelined by a hip injury, he dismissed the notion. For now, I feel so happy for guys like Korver and both of the D-Will's. He dropped in 20 points along with the game-winning triple in Game 3 and led the Celtics with 19 points in Game 4.

Live streaming for Cavaliers-Celtics Game 5 is available via Watch TNT. "I knew how much we needed this game and how much my teammates needed me".

"Everybody's saying I've gotta be patient", Thomas said. As strong as the Cavs have been, the Warriors have been even better, as they have ranked as the most efficient team on the defensive end this postseason.

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Three years back, in Act 1, the Warriors capped off a 67-win season with a title over the wounded Cavaliers. "You let a team like that grab momentum you almost knew a shot like that was going in"."He's got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he's been playing, play confident", Smith said. The 93 points produced together by Irving, James and Love are the most they have amassed as a group and the second highest for a trio in team playoff history. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan said after the Cavs dispatched the Raptors, "If we had LeBron on our team, too, we would have won". "It's tough. And we really didn't know what to expect".