The Cavaliers stink without LeBron James, except in Game 4

LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for the top spot on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list on Thursday night. "We'd love it if we could win in four games, that would be great", Green said with a smile. James has higher per-game numbers in rebounds (8.8-6.4), assists (6.8-5.7) and blocks (1.0-0.9).

It's also why Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said that his team must keep all thoughts of being on the cusp of a return to the NBA Finals at bay for now. "You saw that in Game 3 against Boston".

The Celtics' lead always felt flimsy, and Irving took a sledgehammer to it in the third quarter, almost outscoring Boston by himself and formally putting an end to their chances with a magnificent 21-point frame.

The 32-year-old James, who is seeking a fourth National Basketball Association title, took 212 post-season games to surpass Jordan, a six-time champion who played 179 playoff games. He added (via ESPN), "It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs".

The Boston Celtics failed to shock the world in a second straight game, which would have evened up the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I felt like we grew as the year went on".

"The importance of a Game 4, especially the way we came out in Game 3, you know, in the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, 'We can not - they can not tie up this series, '" Irving said.

"I think the first thing for me was seeing the excitement on Kyle (Korver's) and Deron (Williams') face", James said.

"We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that", said Thomas. "It's going to take a full 48-minute game to do it".

"And then, if Cleveland comes out of the east, I want to destroy Cleveland".

James bounced back strong after a poor Game 3 performance, finishing with 34 points, five rebounds and six assists, while Kevin Love had 17 points, 17 boards and five assists.

"It was a matchup that we were all looking forward to, and I'm glad that we prevailed", Irving said. "We needed everything tonight". He also sustained a strained left thigh in the third quarter but returned to the game.

Cleveland missed 13 of the 19 shots it attempted in the first quarter, but finished hitting 38 of its final 55 attempts (69.1 percent).

It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win.

James said to have himself mentioned with Jordan in a discussion over the greatest basketball player of all time "is like, wow".

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.

The way they responded Tuesday night - particularly on the defensive end - is a good sign for their prospects of wrapping up their third straight Eastern Conference crown on Thursday. The Celtics can not think about having to take down the king for three straight games.

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