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Cleveland Cavs to face Golden State Warriors in 3rd straight NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics in Boston on Thursday night, 135-102, sending them to the NBA Finals — where, for the third straight year, they'll face off against the Golden State Warriors. This is the first "threematch," or rematch of a rematch, in NBA history, though there won't be a threepeat — the Warriors won in 2015 and Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to win last year. Cavs star LeBron James has more impressive bragging rights — this will be his seventh consecutive trip to the Finals, and eighth overall. Game 1 will be on June 1, and the teams seem pretty evenly matched: Golden State has a better record, but in the two times they faced each other in the regular season, each team took one game.