LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during the game. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer.

On July 4, with a 351-word post on The Players' Tribune, Durant announced he was joining the Warriors.

"I've played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team", said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". Tyronn Lue is sneakily one of the best matchup coaches in the National Basketball Association.

"I'm just proud of the work we've put in from the beginning of the season", Durant said following the sweep of the Spurs. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball, man.

The Cavs used the script that was successful in the first two games in Boston as they jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and built it from there.

James promptly knocked down two more three-pointers before the end of the third period.

"We played as well as we'd played in the entire playoffs in the first half and then for various reasons that didn't happen in the second half".

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But as unselfish as GSW is, they're also predictable to a certain extent in that they field three of the best shooters in the league.

And there will be reminders of the Halloween party that James threw for the Cavaliers last fall, with "3-1 Lead" - a nod to what the Warriors lost in last year's Finals - prominently displayed on the drum set.

The 2017 #NBAFinals between the @Cavs and @Warriors tips off 9pm/et on Thursday, June 1st! But, while James will be spectacular, and while we saw he can steal a seventh game at Oracle, that home court edge has to count for something at some point. Those six years, you're not getting into the Finals.

You can count retired Detroit Pistons enforcer Bill Laimbeer among those who thinks James is better than Jordan right now. The last three win the Cavs and the previous four with the Miami Heat. He finished the night with 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes.

But as tension among Cleveland's home fans mounted at the Quicken Loans Arena, it was left to Irving to ride to the rescue with a sensational, momentum-changing display in the third quarter.

James struggled early, picking up 4 fouls in the first half for the first time in his career and badly missing an easy dunk in the third quarter. The 30-year-old shot 6-of-9 from the field, dropped 21 points and was one assist away from a triple-double. Deron Williams had 14 points off the bench. He shot.355 from 3-point range during the regular season, but upped that percentage to.519 during the playoffs.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.