The defending National Basketball Association champions, who shot 71 percent in the second half, opened a 3-1 lead in the series and can wrap up their third straight conference title - and a "three-match" against the Warriors - with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.
James elected not to talk about the Warriors following the game, choosing instead to celebrate a third straight conference title in Cleveland and his seventh consecutive Finals trip.
There's also the irony that Brown, the first coach who took James to an NBA Finals in 2007 - Cleveland was swept by San Antonio - will now coach against him, likely in the same leading role he's had for Golden State since head coach Steve Kerr was forced to take a break because of continued problems with his surgically repaired back. Thomas was forced to sit out the next three games as the Cavs wrapped up the series with a 4-1 margin to advance to the 2017 NBA Finals.
The Warriors are listed as seven-point favourites for Game One at home, according to CBS Sports. His enormous value has been showcased with him in and out of the lineup the last two years versus the Warriors. It soon grew to 32 and then to 35 by the end of the quarter. The newspaper site has a full chart of MVP odds from William Hill if you want more. "Cleveland will be very, very tough to beat".
The first game of the best-of-seven finals is slated for Thursday, June 1, United States time, which means Australian fans can catch it on Friday, June 2.
You can watch each and every NBA Finals game ONLY on Channel 2! "It's been a high-scoring year throughout". If the Cavaliers win Game 5, they will have six days of rest before facing the Warriors.
Still stinging after the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in last year's Finals against Cleveland, the vociferous Green, who was suspended from Game 5, said if given the chance again, he plans to "destroy and annihilate" the Cavs. "I wore short shorts so you could see my undershorts underneath". Steve Kerr, who is still experiencing complications from back surgery two years ago, hasn't been on the Warriors' sideline for more than a month. His 33.4 PPG in the playoffs remains a record, easily surpassing the likes of Allen Iverson, Jerry West, Kevin Durant and James on the all-time leaderboard. Cleveland won the three road games in the series by a combined 90 points, the last two by a total of 77.
"Obviously we didn't want I.T.to go down".
Cleveland's 75 first half points were the most in an National Basketball Association playoff game half since 2003 and gave them an 18-point cushion.
King James has another throne. I fell in love with the game because of Mike.
"Despite everything I said (about the series), that's not to say that the Cavaliers are going to go down easy", Fitz said. "I want to win a championship and being so close to getting to the Finals, that makes you want it that much more". Durant is the 7-5 favorite there, Curry is next at 8-5 and James third at 2-1. Davis had allowed only one unearned run in his first 18 appearances this season before giving up a two-run homer to the immortal Mac Williamson.