Only needing 28 points to pass Michael Jordan as the all-time scoring leader in the playoffs, LeBron James also needed a win to get to his seventh straight NBA Finals. The Cavaliers led 43-27 after the first quarter and built their biggest lead to 39 points in Game 5. James would hit a three-point shot late in the third quarter that finally put him above Mike.
The Cavs were led by James who scored 35 points on 13-of-18 from the field, accompanied by eight rebounds and eight assists. Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. The Cavaliers shot 56-percent from the field (46-percent from three) as they ran away in Game 5.
Boston was led by Avery Bradley with 23 points and four rebounds. The Celtics could never recover from the early run by Cleveland in the second quarter. The Celtics will enter the off-season with the number one pick in the NBA Draft on June 22nd. All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas will also have to seek options on his hip injury which has not been confirmed as to needing surgery.
The Cavaliers will have six days of rest while the Warriors will have nine. The 2017 NBA Finals is scheduled to start on June 1st on ABC.