LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

Stephen Curry or LeBron James and now with both teams healthy, we will finally get our answer.

It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the National Basketball Association playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason.

When pressed, however, he acknowledged Jordan's massive influence and the significance of the milestone.

41 points were Kyrie Irving's all time high in the National Basketball Association playoff, which he achieved when they faced the Golden State Warriors and it was the highest point ever scored by a teammate of Lebron James in a postseason game.

"When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god".

"I think it's a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief where everyone says it's boring", Green said Friday. "But nobody's going to feel sorry for me".

Golden State already is the first team to begin a postseason 12-0, and the Warriors would love to go unbeaten the entire way - as daunting of a challenge as it would be to do so against King James and Co.

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He finished the game with 35 points, booking his seventh straight finals appearance as the reigning champion Cavs wrapped up a 4-1 victory over the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

Cleveland jumped to a quick 14-5 lead and were up by 43-27 after the first quarter - posting a franchise record for points in a quarter of a playoff game.

James said he embraced Isaiah Thomas, who sat out the last three games of the series after playing the first two with a hip injury, later paying tribute to Boston's little big man. It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. "It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated", James said. "It doesn't matter to me". And they've added an unbelievable player in Kevin Durant this year.

Lebron took a good few games more than the Chicago legend, but with him still playing at a premier level, it's highly likely he has at the least a good few more years in the league and dominating the playoffs, putting an even bigger gap between himself and 2nd place, leading a record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. Michael couldn't get all the rebounds.

James says he wants to be known, and remembered, as more than a scorer. "If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?" The first quarter was immediately a warning of what was to come for the home team on the brink of defeat, starting with a strong run early out getting to a double digit lead, eventually going up by 20 points within the first period alone, helped by Kevin Love's first quarter hot hand, that we've all come to grow used to firing away 8 straight points to open the game.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens wants his team to find motivation in how the series played out after a fulfilling season.

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