James passes Jor­dan, Cavs back in fi­nal with big win

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

BOSTON — LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jor­dan to be­come the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s all-time play­off scor­ing leader as the Cleve­land Cava­liers beat the Boston Celtics, 135-102, on Thurs­day night to claim their third straight Eastern Con­fer­ence ti­tle and a re­turn trip to the NBA fi­nal.

Kyrie Irv­ing added 24 points and Kevin Love fin­ished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dom­i­nat­ing wins of the se­ries.

The Cava­liers set an NBA record by win­ning their 13th con­sec­u­tive se­ries close­out op­por­tu­nity.

Cleve­land’s 4-1 se­ries’ win gives it a 12-1 record this post-sea­son and sets up a third con­sec­u­tive matchup with Western Con­fer­ence cham­pion Golden State, the team it beat in the fi­nal last sea­son to claim the fran­chise’s first cham­pi­onship.

It will mark the sev­enth straight trip to the fi­nal for James.

Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points.

CHARLES KRUPA, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cleve­land Cava­liers’ Kevin Love shoots over Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk in Game 5 of the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal Thurs­day night in Boston. Cavs won, 135-102.

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