NBA Finals: Buckle up for Cavs-Warriors 3.0


When the Cavaliers ended the Celtics' season on Thursday night with a 135-102 rout at TD Garden, it set them on an NBA Finals collision course with the Warriors for the third straight season.

Thompson joined James on the press conference stage after Game 5 in Boston and had some great reactions to a joke LeBron made when comparing himself to Jordan. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. Kyrie Irving knocked down four triples, the same total as James, to add 24 markers, while Kevin Love chipped in a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Like much of the series, Cleveland's Big 3 was overwhelming in Game 5 with its energy, production and winning ways. The Cavs bench showed no let-up to seal their third straight championship showdown with the Golden State Warriors.

Here's how it all went down.

Just over a minute into the game, Love got the Cavaliers rolling with a 25-foot three-pointer from the left wing.

This is the first time the same two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals, and it's the matchup that most NBA fans - and Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob - wanted.

The rubber match between the Cavaliers and Warriors marks the first time in National Basketball Association history that the same two teams will play each other in The Finals in three consecutive seasons.

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Behind a record-setting point total, the Cavaliers staked themselves out to a 43-27 lead over the Celtics at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter offered little relief for Boston. They can give as good as they get in the quote department, but the overriding sense is they know they are good and don't need to publicly proclaim it.

So if the Celtics' brightest future includes starting over at the point guard position with Fultz and giving the No. 1 pick two outstanding wings, the best move for Boston might be a trade next season. Actually, it doesn't even keep you in the NFL. James also hit 4-of-7 three-point shots.

James took it upon himself to ensure Boston had no chance of making a comeback.

Bradley scored 23 points on Thursday night, but for the third time in as many home games the Boston Celtics were trounced by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs led 75-57 at the half. The same goes for Durant, who seemed frozen in a way against James in the 2012 finals, and overall has an entire career of playing second fiddle to him in terms of impacting the game when the two meet up. "And they've added an unbelievable player in Kevin Durant this year".

Durant helped lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Western Conference Finals last season, where they held a 3-1 series lead over the Warriors before losing in seven games.