LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan on Thursday night as the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader, accomplishing the feat in a win over the Celtics.

James was asked whether he could envision a rematch with the Celtics in next year's East finals.

The Cavs won the series 4-1 and will now face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

James also gave his thoughts on the finals and said, "Once we get to the preparation for that juggernaut, we will be locked in". But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.

History will be made, either way, just as it was on Thursday. His three made it 103-71. Yet for the Cavs, to lose the grip on their game plan or execution for even a few minutes in the Finals could be too much to bear.

The most conservative plan, and the one I'm most in favor of, is drafting Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and pushing hard to sign Utah free agent and former Brad Stevens pupil Gordon Hayward in free agency. I don't want to be labeled as a scorer. To me, that's the only goal you shoot for because then if you don't, if you put your goals lower, then you create a ceiling for your team, and I don't think that's fair to your team. I'm a playmaker, I'm a player. But I do think that, again, I don't think you should have any excuses with who's available and who's not.

Kyrie Irving had his second consecutive great game for the Cavs with 24 points and seven assists, and played a big role in that third-quarter run.

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Despite little resistance from the Celtics, Cleveland can relish its Eastern Conference dominance.

The Cavs also set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

The Cavaliers set a team playoff record for points in a half and lead the Celtics 75-57. "If we come out with a defensive mindset we'll be fine". James also hit 4-of-7 three-point shots. That lead would twice reach 21 points during the opening quarter as the Cavaliers combined aggressive play with strong defense, the latter best exhibited by the Celtics missing 12-of-16 from the field to start the game. "But it's never talked about in the NFL - 'Who's the greatest quarterback?' It's just like, '[Dan] Marino, [John] Elway, [Peyton] Manning, [Tom] Brady - all great quarterbacks'".

"We've been playing against a very good team, all credit to those guys, but we feel like we should be here and we feel like we should be a championship-contending team". The last three win the Cavs and the previous four 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.

Just in case the Celtics (or the world) hadn't gotten the message, the Cavs threw out a 43-point first quarter nearly nonchalantly. The previous franchise record for points in a playoff game is 130, which was set against Boston in Game 2 of this series.

Despite the No. 1 seed, Boston's season came to a deflating finish, while the Cavs' have designs on defending their title.

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