The defending champion Cleveland has imposed on Friday in Boston, one of the heaviest defeats in the history of the play-offs NBA (130-86) and is moving rapidly towards a third final in a row.
The Riders lead two victories to zero in the face of the Celtics and can win their qualification for the final in front of their public, winning matches N. 3 and N. 4 Saturday and Monday.
LeBron James, still impressive, and his teammates are unbeaten since the beginning of the play-offs 2017: winners in Indiana (4-0) and Toronto (4-0) in the previous rounds, they have chained a tenth win in a row.
If one takes into account their victories in the last three matches of the final 2016, the Cavaliers have won their thirteen last matches in the play-offs and equaled the NBA record set by the Lakers in the play-offs in 1988 and 1989.
7th final in a row for LeBron
The Celtics, upgraded in all areas, were shattered as early as the first period. They have rallied the locker room with 41 points behind (72-31, 41), that is, the widest deficit ever recorded at the break. Cleveland broke its record for the most points scored (130) in a match of the play-offs and recorded its biggest win in the final phase ( 44).
James, with his 30 points in 33 minutes, reached the threshold of 30 points for the eighth consecutive game, a first in the playoffs since Michael Jordan. It is poised to compete for the 32 year-old a seventh final in a row.
The winner of this duel will play against the winner of the final Western conference between Golden State at San Antonio. The Warriors, opponents of the Riders during the final 2015 and 2016, are leading the series two victories to zero. (afp/nxp)
Created: 20.05.2017, 05h17