LeBron James now looks forward to play his 5th straight NBA Finals. His side, the Cleveland Cavaliers, finished off the Eastern Conference Final Series against the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 4-0 in game 4 on Tuesday. The Cavs routed the Hawks 118-88 at home. The Cavs took the lead early in the first quarter and never trailed in the rest of the game.
LeBron James once again led the Cavs with 23 points riding on a triple-double, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Cavs star nearly averaged triple-double in 4 games this series. James returned to Cleveland after 4 successful series at Miami.
“We have everything it takes to win,” said LeBron James after the game. “We’ll be ready to go June 4.”
Kyrie Irving returned from an injury in this game to add 16 points to the winner’s tally. JR Smith notched up 18 points. 3 other Cavs scored in double figures to notch up a convincing team-game victory. The home-crowd was ecstatic as the Cavs received the Conference Champion Trophy. Cleveland has reached the finals for the second time in franchise history.
“We aren’t settling for this,” said Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said during the post-game ceremony. “51 years is too long.”
“We are not done,” coach David Blatt added.
Like LeBron, James Jones too will be featuring in his fifth NBA finals with a 2-3 overall final record.
Jeff Teague scored 17 and Paul Millsap 16 for the Hawks. Atlanta reached the Conference Finals for the first time since 1970.
The NBA Finals shall kick off on 4th June. The Cleveland Cavaliers will be facing the winner of the Western Conference Final series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. Currently the Warriors are leading 3-1.