Cavs advance to NBA Finals for third straight season

(Boston, MA)  --  The defending-champion Cavaliers are going back to the NBA Finals.  

LeBron James piled up 35 points, eight assists and eight rebounds as Cleveland closed out the Celtics with a 135-102 victory in Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden.  

The Cavs and Warriors will meet for a third consecutive season after their 4-to-1 series win.  

Kyrie Irving scored 24 and dished out seven helpers.  Cleveland broke a franchise-record with 75 points in the first half.  Boston got 23 points from Avery Bradley.  The only other starter in double-figures for the Celtics was Jae Crowder, who had 11. 

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 25:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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