James went into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals needing 28 points to surpass Jordan's record of 5,987 postseason points.
Had the game not gotten out of hand in the first half, James might have played the fourth quarter and recorded his 18th playoff triple-double, which would be second all-time to Magic Johnson. Last year, Cleveland became the first team in NBA Finals history to come back after trailing the series 3-1.
It's just also played a schedule that's left it altogether unprepared for the league's best offense, which now stands between it and earning the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the second consecutive season.
It's insane that this is the first time two teams have played a set of three consecutive NBA Finals.
Based on his comments from last night, he wants his team to be able to enjoy this moment and not take it for granted, and over the next week they'll prepare to take on "that juggernaut out West".
"I had a tough game, period". James plucked passes from midair, found teammates loitering unguarded on the opposite side of the court, drained contested threes with the shot clock running down, flashed down the lane and flushed tomahawk dunks. For this we go back to the Las Vegas Superbook at the Westgate. The Cavs won the series-clinching Game 5 on Thursday night at TD Garden by a score of 135-102.
For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals.
But beyond James' foul trouble, the Cavs were having other issues as the Celtics outplayed them at both ends while opening a 16-point lead. But then when you look at a situation, most people have never reached greatness.
Irving re-emerged after halftime for 21 points in the third quarter.
Westgate Las Vegas has opened with the Golden State Warriors as clear favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James said at a summer basketball camp previous year that he found motivation in "this ghost I'm chasing - the ghost played in Chicago". Or will it be redemption for Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and a first ring for Kevin Durant? That Over/Under number is the largest total in the Covers database (1990-91-2017) and easily eclipses the previous high of 214 points, which was set for Game 3 of the 1995 NBA Finals between the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.
"This is the honest truth, and I'm probably going to get in trouble for this, I don't think there's anything you can do to try and compare a team to our team because we have LeBron and Kyrie", said Cavs veteran forward Channing Frye. The Warriors were three minutes away from going up 3-1 (famously) when he was called for a flagrant on LeBron. The big star for the Giants that year was future Yankees manager Casey Stengel, who hit an inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning to win Game 1 and drove in the only run in Game 3 with another homer. But I can't answer that question and know if we're going to play them in the Eastern Conference finals next year. "And I hope we can continue to play with that chip on our shoulder and come out the same way next game".