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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

When the Cavs get within a game of the Finals, they don't mess around. In 2007, they won Game 6 against the Pistons by 16. In 2015, they finished off a sweep of the Hawks with a 30-point win. Last year they eliminated the Raptors with a 26-point victory. Now they're beating the Celtics by 35 with a quarter to play in Boston. Cavaliers-Warriors III is all but set.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

With a 3-pointer in the third quarter LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for the most career points scored in the postseason. James now has 5,989 points in 212 career playoff games. Jordan finished his career with 5,987 in 179 games.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

After posting just three double-doubles in the first two rounds of the playoffs, Kevin Love has recorded one in every game of the conference finals, after pulling down his 10th rebound in the third quarter of what has become another Cavs blowout in Boston.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia was removed from the game with left knee pain. The Red Sox are saying the move was "precautionary" and noted that manager John Farrell made the decision to take him out.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James (20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals) at the half. He is in range for his 18th postseason career triple-double. Good for second place all-time behind only Magic Johnson (30 triple-doubles).

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams Games 1-4 of the Eastern Conference finals: 8 points on a combined 4-for-13 shooting. Deron Williams in the first half of Game 5: 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Avery Bradley scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the first half and, to sum up how the night is going for Boston, he's minus-15 in plus/minus (only Al Horford is worse at minus-21). Cavs shot 59.5 percent in first half, Boston fortunate to be within 18. Halftime: Cavs 75, Celtics 57.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Avery Bradley gave the Celtics a bit of hope with a mini 6-0 run near the end of the half, energizing the crowd in the process. However, Boston still headed into the break down by 18 points, thanks to a 20-point, 7-rebound, 7-assist half from LeBron James.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz has tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts. He also fanned 11 batters on Aug. 25, 2016 at Tampa Bay.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Deron Williams scored a combined 8 points in the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals, but put up 12 in the first nine minutes of the second quarter in Game 5. It's just the second time this postseason that Williams has reached double-figures in a game.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James has 17 career postseason triple-doubles, and he's on track for another one in Game 5, finishing the first quarter with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Cleveland led Boston 43-27 after 1, with the 43 points representing the most in a quarter in Cavs playoff history.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics haven't led at any point in their three home games against the Cavaliers this series. And Boston has dug itself quite the hole in Game 5. Cavs shot 64 percent in the first half and 54.5 percent beyond the 3-point arc. End of 1st: Cavs 43, Celtics 27.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Perhaps the most telling stat of the first 8 minutes of Game 5: LeBron James was 4-for-4 from the field, while the Celtics were 4-for-16.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Fresh off his 17-point, 17-rebound game in Game 4, Kevin Love scored the first 8 points for the Cavs in Game 5, helping Cleveland storm out to a 9-point lead less than four minutes into the game.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts hits his first homer of the season in his 179th plate appearance. Red Sox lead the Rangers, 4-0.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Just as it did before Game 4 in Cleveland, the league held a moment of silence before Game 5 in Boston to remember the victims of the bombing in Manchester, England.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas led the pregame huddle for the Celtics before Game 5.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James was warming up nearly two hours before tip-off. He's 28 points away from passing Michael Jordan for the most in postseason history.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Brad Stevens on whether Isaiah Thomas will need surgery on his hip: "Sounds to me like the course of action is, prior to deciding, to let the inflammation go down."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics sticking with Kelly Olynyk in the starting lineup for Game 5. Jaylen Brown and Amir Johnson available off bench.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas will be at Game 5 at TD Garden in person. He added that the team is waiting for inflammation in Thomas' hip to subside before they determine a course of action for offseason treatment.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Jaylen Brown is available for Game 5. Brad Stevens said he winced through shootaround but he's going to go.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Brad Stevens said that Jaylen Brown is expected to play tonight. Same with Amir Johnson.