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Warriors strongly favored in Las Vegas over Cavs for NBA Finals

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   King James has cemented his place in basketball history GREG M COOPER USA TODAY SPORTS King James has cemented his place in basketball history
Isaac Mcdaniel | 29 May, 2017, 12:08

LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan to become the highest points scorer in National Basketball Association play-off history as the Cleveland Cavaliers reached the finals for a third successive year.

Well since then the Warriors, fresh from setting the regular season record for wins in 2015-16 with 73 wins, added MVP caliber Kevin Durant in the next salvo of their arms race with the Cavaliers. Crucial postseason roles had been played by Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Jonas Jerebko - all having arrived outside the lottery.

Jaylen Brown is listed as questionable with a right hip pointer. This lopsided defeat had provided them with reality, and from where they stood that reality was not so bad. James only scored 11 points during the game, and was without any during the games last 18 minutes.

The Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter, begin their third straight NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors next Thursday in Oakland.

"I think as a coach, you always believe you can win the next game because you believe you can win the next possession", Stevens said. (We won) Game 3 and we nearly had Game 4; I was at home cheering and getting even more hyped, jumping up. He needed 28 points to pass Jordan. And while he never had any monster games for the Celtics (his career-high is 20 points), when given the opportunity, he was a steady contributor.

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night to set up a NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors.

"We were all disappointed in the way we ended this season", said Bradley. "I thought we played a little too haphazard tonight".

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Cavs coach Tyronn Lue made a potentially risky move by keeping LeBron in the game after he got four fouls in the first half. The result was that the Cavaliers went on to win the final three games of the series and capture the franchise's first title.

After playing three halves against the Cavaliers, the Celtics said Thomas was done for the season.

Every once in a while, a rivalry teases us with potential long-term appeal, but it rarely develops the inertia required to cast itself over the game over the course of several years.

Isaiah Thomas on suggestion Celtics are better without him: "I kind of laugh at it now, the people who say stupid things like that". Not to be left out of the fun, LeBron stopped everything just so he could take a selfie with his boys.

There has been a trilogy of championship showdowns across the Tasman, where in the early 1960s St George recorded a hat-trick over Western Suburbs in a competition that preceded the NRL, but that again featured a restricted field of 10 teams.

But the Celtics have the No. 1 pick in the draft, along with the salary cap space to sign a top free agent. "I didn't have it", said James, addressing the team's loss. Golden State feels it has a score to settle after what happened a year ago, while the Cavs want to topple a franchise built for a sustained run of titles with the addition of Durant.

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