He finished the game with 35 points, booking his seventh straight finals appearance as the reigning champion Cavs wrapped up a 4-1 victory over the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
Cleveland's 75 first half points were the most in an National Basketball Association playoff game half since 2003 and gave them an 18-point cushion.
Although a layup from James got Boston's lead down to three points, 61-58, the Celtics went on a 5-0 run of their own. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish".
This Cleveland Cavaliers Cavs team is not the same as previous year. The ClevelandCavaliers are shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line.
I'd heard numerous critics of these actions from journalists previous year, stating that it wasn't in the spirit of the competition, yet it clearly seemed welcome in that series and there was no lack of competitive spirit, just good sportsmanship; which was unfortunately lacking in today's Game 5. "We have to execute offensively". He played just 18 minutes in Game 2 while playing through the lingering pain.
Everyone will have one eye on Irving's left ankle.
He's been the model of consistency and efficiency but what's separated James from Jordan in terms of scoring is his three-point shot. Their offense was still producing at a high rate, however, when Andrew Bogut went down with an injury it forced Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to play both ends of the court.
They haven't folded in the face of adversity and have responded well from a 44-point drubbing in Game 2 at home. The Celtics are also guarding against ending their season by having to watch the Cavs celebrate a conference title on their home floor. "You saw that in Game 3 against Boston".
It's an indication that despite still being in a dire 3-1 hole, the resolve inside Boston's locker room remains strong. "We'll be better next year".
Say what you want about him joining the Warriors but it's been smooth sailing for the team and Durant since he joined.
BOSTON (AP) - The NBA Finals has its first "three-match", courtesy of a King who passed His Airness. "As much as you want to, it's not over", he said. And it's making us tougher.
"This will be talked about long after us", Green said.
"If some kid or a group of kids from the West Coast or the East Coast or the Midwest or the South and everything in between, all around the world can look at me and say, 'Well, I made the extra pass because LeBron made the extra pass, ' or, 'I got a chase-down block and I didn't give up on the play because LeBron didn't give up, ' that would mean the world to me".