LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

The Warriors were slow to start and trailed by 11 points at half-time, but Curry and Kevin Durant soon found their range from the three-point distance. Asked about the disparity on Tuesday, Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue declined to play into the narrative that his team is a long shot.

It's obviously not surprising that a whole lot of people tuned in to watch the Warriors and Rockets, two extremely good teams squaring off with an NBA Finals berth on the line. James and Love combined to score 100 points in the two games, but Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Thomas were all shipped elsewhere by the Cavs in a series of trade-deadline moves.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will meet once again in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors will begin the defense of their 2017 championship on Thursday when they host Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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Green was magnificent in the Cavs' 87-79 win over the Celtics in Game 7 of the conference finals on Sunday. After the first six games of the best-of-seven series were somewhat lopsided, with the home team winning each game by at least double digits, the Cleveland Cavaliers were forced to win Game 7 in TD Garden to advance to make their fourth straight NBA Finals appearances. I do not - they just don't have the defensive-minded perimeter players that, say, the Rockets do. They had the league's No. 1 offense all season. "We just didn't have the same energy that we had in that first half or the pace". As in, LeBron James may be king, but Steph Curry clearly rules. Two games, Games 6 and 7. "(Owner) Dan Gilbert does what it takes to win a championship, try to win a championship. "We're going to try to get better throughout the series, and we'll see what happens". Houston went 7 of 44 from deep, 15.9 percent, while Golden State made 16 of 39 3-point attempts, 41 percent.

James Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets' bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury. LeBron's teams have been underdogs (and often substantial ones) in seven of the nine Finals series they have appeared in.

While Love has been solid, Smith and Thompson haven't always come through this season for Cleveland. But it's just cool that every opportunity you step on the floor in the playoffs, the farther you go, somebody is going to challenge you.

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