James, Irving shine as Cavaliers force Game 5 of NBA Finals

10 Juin, 2017, 21:28 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

That fact didn't just provide some fodder for humor during LeBron James's Halloween party, the phrase, "The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead" became a full-fledged Internet meme.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the wire-to-wire NBA Finals Game 4 win over their Western Conference foe on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

But until the Cavs did it past year, no team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals.

The Warriors (67-15) are also hoping to redeem an NBA Finals collapse from last season, losing to the Cavaliers after building a 3-1 lead.

"This is as do or die as possible, as I've ever faced in my career", Irving said leading up to the game.

"I didn't stress anything besides just live in the moment", he said.

Four players-Green, Klay Thompson, Curry and Andre Iguodala-were whistled for two fouls in the first quarter.

Everything's on hold in the NBA Finals. It's a crisis when it happens in a close-out game in the NBA Finals.

The quarter closed with a 3-ball from Curry with 12 seconds to go, answered by one from James with 2.7 seconds remaining.

Carrying the biggest scoring load for the Cavs on this night, though, was Kyrie Irving who had a game-high 40. It was his ninth Finals triple-double, making him the all-time leader in that category.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 35 points. He was the only Warriors player to eclipse 20 points. Kevin Love added 23 points.

During a hectic third quarter, where multiple technical fouls were administered to both teams for extra-curricular activities in play and after the whistle, the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors by a point, 29-28, out of the halftime break.

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The Cavs were determined not to let the Warriors sweep them, and it was Cleveland, not Golden State, which busted Finals scoring records in the first half.

Early in the third quarter, James leaped into the air and threw the ball off the backboard with his right hand before rising again to dunk it with both hands.

At one point in the opening quarter, Durant accounted for 10 of Golden State's points in a row.

"You get down 3-0 and you're fighting and you're trying to get a win, you do whatever it takes", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after his team's 137-116 win.

"You can't take the emotion out of the game", Durant said. "We're going to keep scrapping". "We feel like that should be part of the game".

Green was thought to have been ejected after recording a perceived second technical foul.

The referees said coach Steve Kerr received the technical in the first half, not Green.

Green was assessed a technical foul in the first half for complaining about a call.

Zaza Pachulia punched Iman Shumpert in the nuts and seemed to escape proper punishment.

Would you believe me if I said it had to do with Draymond Green?

Cleveland's lead would have been 19 at the half instead of 18, but Dahntay Jones, signed prior to the last regular-season game, picked up a bench technical for jawing with Durant.

Nearby, another sign declared the same message. Kerr, intent on focusing on winning a championship, has been relatively mum on what specifically went into his decision to come back. Roughly 90 minutes before tip-off of Game 4 on Friday night, he offered a bit more insight.

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