The Cleveland Cavaliers smashed the Boston Celtics 135-102 in game-five of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. This will be the first time in NBA history two teams will meet in the Finals for three years in a row. The Cavaliers win the series four games to one against the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James had a game high 35 points on 13 of 18 from the field, including eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and sunk four three-pointers. James will now play in the NBA Finals for the seventh straight year. Kyrie Irving dropped in 24 points on 9 of 15 from the floor, dished out seven assists, stripped away two steals, and buried four from deep. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 15 points on 5 of 13 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds, and stripped away four steals. Deron Williams added 14 points on 5 of 6 from the field off the bench.
Tristan Thompson racked up six points, and pulled down five rebounds. Richard Jefferson contributed nine points on 3 of 5 from the floor off the pine. Kyle Korver managed seven points on 2 of 4 from the field in 12 minutes off the bench. The Cavaliers shot an astonishing 56.5 percent from the field, and shot 46.3 percent on 19 of 41 from three-point range. The Cavaliers out-scored in the paint 50 to 38.
The Cavaliers had a 75-57 lead at halftime, and they ended up blowing out the Celtics by 33 points. The Cavaliers did whatever they wanted to do and they could not miss. The Cavaliers played with a sense of urgency, and they played well from start to finish. The Cavaliers really wanted to end this series in five games to have more rest before the Finals and they well now have well-earned rest. The Cavaliers will play against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena for game one on June 1st.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said, “This team is a crazy team. They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up, Now we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready. As of tonight, I’ll get started.”
For the Celtics, Avery Bradley led the way with 23 points on 10 of 20 from the field, and plucked four rebounds. Jae Crowder concluded with 11 points on just 3 of 8 from the floor, and picked up six rebounds. Al Horford scored eight points on 4 of 8 from the field. Gerald Green registered 14 points on 4 of 8 from the field, stripped away two steals, and hit three triples off the bench. Rookie Jaylen Brown put in seven points on 2 of 3 from the floor in nine minutes off the pine.
Terry Rozier notched 10 points on merely 4 of 13 from the field, to go along with four rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Kelly Olynyk tossed in seven points on just 2 of 7 from the floor, and caught four rebounds. The Celtics shot 43 percent from the field, and shot 36.7 percent on 11 of 30 behind the three-point line. The Celtics played very sloppy with 18 turnovers. The Celtics just got embarrassed on their home floor and they were never leading in the entire game. The Celtics played a horrible game defensively and they were never getting stops. Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas who is the Celtics leading scorer, did not play with a hip injury.