Cleveland Cavaliers extinguish Boston Celtics 135-102, advance to NBA Finals

The Celtics never led in any of the games in Boston, trailing by as many as 50 in Game 2 and 39 on Thursday night before both teams emptied their benches.

Game 5 allowed the Cavaliers to break numerous records on their way to the Finals once again, now holding the league record with 13 straight victories in closeout games as a franchise in the playoffs lasting from 2009 to now. The Celtics did not respond to 44 points. Cleveland limited the Celtics to 41 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc. "I don't have to score to have an impact on the game, and it's carried me to this point now and it is going to carry me the rest of my career".

The sixth-year point guard was outstanding throughout the series, averaging 25.8 points per game. We have to have low turnovers, and we have to try to make them miss, because some of those guys play a lot better at home. One could certainly wonder how Boston even made it this far in a series in which they dropped Games 1 & 2 by a combined 59 points, especially after shutting down their top player in Isaiah Thomas for the balance of the postseason with a hip injury.

He set the record for points in the National Basketball Association playoffs, surpassing Michael Jordan, which everyone knows means quite a lot to the legacy-focused James.

Following the Game 4 win, a night when Kyrie Irving sliced the Boston Celtics' defense with repeated dribble-drives, the All-Star point guard showed again why that path can be so successful. Lebron James also had a hot hand from deep and ended up finishing the game only one three away from Reggie Miller in 2nd place in playoff history for made threes, yet a long way behind his former teammate Ray Allen. More clutch than Robert Horry's Game 5 victor in 2005 for the San Antonio Spurs, or Don Nelson's back-rim bouncer for Bill Russell's final title with the Boston Celtics in 1969?

It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James, counting his time with the Miami Heat.

James, who finished with 34 points, was joined in double figures by Kevin Love, who scored 17 points with 17 rebounds and five assists.

Is it possible the Celtics go 0-3 at home during the Eastern Conference Finals? They're just dedicated to basketball. Brendan still consistently sells advertising space as well for WATD, and helps Bill Wilhelm's team at Sporting Events as a commentator.Outside the station, Brendan also works as a Sports Writer for the Boston Herald, who hired his services one month following WATD. Not to say that the Celtics will win tonight, with injuries to so many key players, but punters should at least think about placing a bet with the Celtics outright, and then follow-up with a couple of live in play odds to maximize chances.

Going back to Boston, the Celtics must find a way to maintain a lead. Boston had another nice balanced attack on offense, with Avery Bradley putting up 19 points to lead the team. He played only 28 minutes, yet grabbed nine defensive rebounds, had four steals and a blocked shot to go with his 15 points.

The Wine and Gold have been victorious through the East, with a record of 12 - 1.

Cleveland will face off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, marking the first time two teams meet in the finals for a third straight year.