Dwyane Wade congratulates LeBron James on fifth straight NBA Finals apperance

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With the Cavaliers’ win Tuesday night, LeBron James has made to five straight NBA Finals. The last people to do that? Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, K.C. Jones, Bill Sharman and other members of the 1966 Boston Celtics. LeBron, Russell and Cousy are the only three players to play in five straight All-Star Games and Finals, reports the Ellias Sports Bureau.

It’s another impressive feat from the game’s best player, and the congratulatory mentions rained down on LeBron after the game. Including one from one of his best friends — Dwyane Wade.

Wade had a hand in that — he was central to the Miami team that made four straight Finals, winning two.

But the Eastern Conference is the domain of LeBron — when he moved back home to Cleveland the Cavaliers became instant contenders with a real shot at the Finals. Despite injuries to Kevin Love (out for the playoffs) and Kyrie Irving (dragging around a sore left leg), LeBron found a way to lift this team to the NBA’s biggest stage.

Wade appreciates that.