Not that there was ever any doubt, though a Cleveland Cavaliers are postseason-bound.
The fortifying champs became a initial Eastern Conference group to bind a playoff berth following Sunday’s 125-120 feat over a Los Angeles Lakers.
As they have all campaign, Cleveland’s Big Three led a approach during Staples Center: Kyrie Irving put adult a game-high 46 points on only 21 shots, LeBron James poured in 34 points, 7 dimes, and 6 rebounds, while Kevin Love available a double-double of 21 points and 15 boards. It’s a initial time they’ve combined to measure 100 points.
It seemed like only a matter of time for a Cavs, who’ve led a discussion all year and were adored to make their third uninterrupted Finals coming before a deteriorate even began.
It’ll be a 12th true postseason run for James, who will try to lead his hometown bar to a second true championship – and acquire his fourth career ring – only one year after finale a city’s 52-year pretension drought.
At 46-23, a Cavaliers lead a East by 2.5 games over a Boston Celtics with about a dozen games remaining.
Cleveland could’ve clinched a prior night with a win over a Los Angeles Clippers – total with a Milwaukee Bucks detriment to a Golden State Warriors – though a Cavs couldn’t do their partial but their All-Star trio, who sat out to rest.