LeBron James and J.R. Smith

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals on Tuesday night (May 26).

James scored 23 points, leading the team to a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks to sweep the top-seeded team.

The victory earns the Cavs their second trip to the finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston starting June 4. And it is the fifth consecutive visit to the finals for James — the first player since 1966 to achieve the feat.

King James broke the hearts of fans in Cleveland when he left the city for Miami five years ago. But when he announced his return last summer, he talked about bringing a championship back home.

“I understood what these people were going through, the people here,” he said. “Not only in Cleveland, but Northeast Ohio and all over the world who love and bleed wine and gold. To be at this point tonight, it’s very emotional.”

James carried the Cavs to their first finals appearance eight years ago, but were swept by San Antonio. It was assumed the Cavs would get back again, but James left in 2010 to join the Heat, a move that dropped the Cavaliers from relevance and into the draft lottery four straight years. But, with James back, things have done a 180.