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

For Cleveland, it was a comprehensive offensive performance in the first half, as the Cavaliers either got to the rim or kicked it out for 3-pointers - they attempted only one shot in the first half that wasn't either a 3-pointer or in the paint.

Warriors host game one of the championship series in Oakland next Thursday.

With their Game 5 win, Cleveland will be heading to the NBA Finals for their third year in a row.

But it all evaporated.

LeBron James was once among thousands of youngsters striving to "be like Mike", but the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar never dreamed he'd be mentioned in the same breath as Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan as one of basketball's greatest.

LeBron James called the Warriors a "juggernaut", and Green said "there's always a mutual respect".

Notes: Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 at San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with a bruised right heel, is back going through full practices in preparation to play in his first career Finals.

Boston - The NBA Finals has its first "three-match", courtesy of a King who passed His Airness.

In a recent interview, Lue controversially said that the plays the Boston Celtics run are harder to defend than what the Golden State Warriors run. But then he added this: "OK, maybe a slight preference for Cleveland".

Boston's regular season record (53-29) was the best in Brad Stevens' four years on the job, good enough to go into the postseason with the top overall seed.

And they're doing this without their head coach.

Other than that, coach Tyronn Lue said he was not focused on the Warriors as yet.

Kerr is still involved, albeit donning sweatpants.

Here's some background information about the NBA Finals.

It bears repeating because, well, they're a heavy underdog in the 2017 Finals to the Golden State Warriors. The last three win the Cavs and the previous four with the Miami Heat.

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

"Man, I hit him with punches that'd bring down the walls of a city", Frazier said. "We just kept grinding". And then we come out, we get some tremendous looks, and Kyrie goes nuts and ends us. Simple as that. It's good that we're here now.

James, who earlier on Thursday suggested comparisons were only for "barbershops", tried to sidestep the Jordan topic.

The Los Angeles Lakers entered the finals 11-0 back in 2001, but that was when the first round was a best-of-five series.

Can the Cavs do it again? It's not every day that someone goes to his seventh consecutive NBA Finals.

Isaiah Thomas wants to remain a member of the Boston Celtics, that much is clear.

NOTES: Cavs F LeBron James pregame on getting set to pass Michael Jordan and become the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer: "It's just a personal goal of mine". After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points.

If you don't want to rile up friends and relatives over the long weekend, you might also steer clear of the James-Jordan comparison. I'd imagine once you take into account their assist totals, all of GSW's offense comes by way of those three players (sorry for the snub Dray).

"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 think the biggest thing for me sitting here today after breaking the all-time scoring record in playoff history is that I did it just being me. That was my mindset when I started playing the game.

James had come into the contest needing 28 points to pass Jordan - victor of six titles with Chicago Bulls in the 1990s - for first on the post-season scoring list.

While this may be unprecedented in the National Basketball Association, it has happened once before in the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball with matchups that included some of those sports' biggest stars.