No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again

The rivalry between Magic's Los Angeles Lakers and Bird's Boston Celtics transformed the National Basketball Association.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to set the tone of this series early by stealing game one and home court advantage.

The league will showcase the two best teams again when the NBA Finals tip off on Thursday night (ABC, 9 p.m. ET).

With 2:40 left in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, James scored a three-pointer that officially put him over the edge. The Cavaliers won 135-102.

"I'm going to be honest, I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State", James said. So his health will be a storyline to follow as this year's series unfolds. "Now we have to keep our feet on the ground and hope for the best".

"I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, but when you're growing up and seeing Michael Jordan it's nearly like a god, so I never did believe I could be Mike. I can't lie", Durant said when comparing the 2012 Finals trip to this one. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night".

Mike Brown went to the NBA Finals in 2007 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James' Cleveland Cavaliers have been overmatched in all three years.

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"It's the worst part of the year, being eliminated, falling short", said Jae Crowder. "The conversations about who's the greatest of all time, things of that nature - it doesn't matter to me".

James, 32, surpassed Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan as the all-time leading scorer in the play-offs.

Avery Bradley finished with a team-high 23 points for the Celtics. Gerald Green scored 14.

After signing Al Horford in the offseason - the biggest free agent acquisition in the history of the NBA's most-decorated franchise - the Celtics rode him and Thomas to the No. 1 seed in the East. "We're a young team". Ali and Frazier fought three times, with Frazier handing Ali the first loss of his pro career when the two first met in 1971 in "The Fight of the Century". They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically.

Any mistake the Celtics made, the Cavaliers jumped all over, getting out on the fast break and scoring at will. "Our offense mistakes led to bad defense and it kind of snowballed on us".

There was never a doubt about the conference champs. "But if it don't happen, I'm the last person to be bothered by that".

The Boston Celtics showed this postseason that they have players who could fill in for Isaiah Thomas when the star point guard was injured.

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