BOSTON (AP) – If you loved the last two NBA Finals, you’ll love this year’s.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are back in the finals after clobbering the Celtics, 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The outcome creates a third straight finals matchup between the Cavs and Golden State Warriors.
LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan as the NBA career points leader in the postseason. James did it with a three-pointer in the third quarter.
Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points, while Kevin Love added 15 and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Cavs were up 43-27 after one-quarter and pushed their lead into the 30s by the third quarter. They finished 19-for-41 from 3-point range, with James and Irving each hitting four.
Avery Bradley finished with a team-high 23 points for the Celtics.
The Cavaliers are 12-1 in the playoffs as they seek their second straight championship. The Warriors would like to regain the title they earned by defeating Cleveland in the 2015 Finals.
Game 1 is next Thursday in Oakland.