James passes Jordan, Cavs back in final with big win
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.
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.