Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

In game three, the Celtics left everything they had on the court.

Takeaways from the Boston Celtics' 111-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday night.Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Cleveland has steamrolled through the East in the postseason since James returned home, going 36-5 in three years. The King finished with 35 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists in putting an exclamation point on the Cavaliers' run through the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs enjoyed a 44-point blowout the last time they played at TD Garden in Game 2, but head coach Tyronn Lue expects "a lot of fight" from Boston as it looks to avoid elimination.

The Finals tip off June 1 at 9 p.m. ET in Oakland on ABC/WatchESPN.

The Warriors, who beat Cavs for the 2015 championship before losing the rematch in 2016, are 12-0 in this year's playoffs.

Ainge said he anticipates Thomas rejoining the team Thursday night for Game 5. So I'd have never believed I could be Mike.

It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James, who hit a 3-pointer late in in the third quarter to nudge past Jordan on the playoff scoring list.

James still trails Jordan in one key area: titles.

Trump pushes for Mideast peace, but avoids thorny details
The Israeli part of his visit then resumes with a 1 p.m. wreath-laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. The president will discuss bilateral relations and Israeli-Palestinian conflict with both leaders separately.

LeBron James is the best player in the world, right now.

"I've been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage", James said. It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. "Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point, and only two teams do".

However great LeBron is, and he clearly is the primary reason the Cavaliers have had a resurgence since his return three years ago, they also have two other All-Stars in the persons of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Boston lost All-Star Isaiah Thomas for the remainder of the postseason to a hip injury in Game 2, forcing coach Brad Stevens to shuffle his lineup and rotations in Games 3 and 4. "We feel like we should be here, and we feel like we should be a championship-contending team".

So far this playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers have averaged 116 points per game. "Plays out of time-out [have been] kind of been killing us and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we'll be better in Game 5".

In fact, it's probably larger than anyone thought it was going into the lopsided series that saw LeBron James and Kyrie Irving dominate as though they were superheroes against the mere mortals wearing Celtics' uniforms.

"It was a matchup that we were all looking forward to, and I'm glad that we prevailed", Irving said. The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for a quarter.

Minutes after the National Basketball Association announced the three finalists for the MVP award - and James wasn't among them - the Cavaliers star scored 30 points before resting in the fourth quarter.

A three-pointer with 2:42 to go in the third quarter gave James his 5989th playoff point and the outright lead over the Chicago Bulls legend.

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