LeBron James and Kyrie Irving keep Cleveland Cavaliers alive

10 Juin, 2017, 21:33 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
  • LeBron James and Kyrie Irving keep Cleveland Cavaliers alive

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 of the Finals on Friday night to avoid elimination.

Cleveland, determined not to watch the Warriors celebrate a championship on their home court for the second time in three seasons, came out flying with a record-setting 86 points in the first half to lead by 18.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 09: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

LeBron James finished with a triple double, totaling 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

"We have championship DNA", said James, who broke Magic Johnson's record with his ninth triple-double in the Finals.

He said they are going to come out as a confident group, play hard and give themselves a chance in Game 4.

Before the game, Kerr said the mission in Game 4 was to stick to their formula: "We got to defend like insane and take care of the ball". This time past year, the Cavaliers had some momentum, having won Game 3 at home and forcing a Game 5, which they would go on to win (along with Games 6 and 7).

Despite Kevin Durant's 35 points, the Warriors struggled in Cleveland.

No team wants to go down 3-0 to the Warriors, wearing whatever thin margin for error existed down to dust.

Even though they trail 3-1, the Cavs aren't ready to concede anything to the Warriors.

In the end, Game 4 turned out to be the sort of affair in which the most explosive first-half performance in Finals history nearly became a footnote.

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"We made shots", Lue said in an understatement.

Durant stressed that you can take away the physical nature, but "emotionally that should be us". They'll have to make history if they want to win the title this year. The closest Golden State got was to within 11 early in the fourth quarter. "We could play slow, we could play fast. we had four centers, four guards and four forwards, so a lot of the parts were interchangeable", Erving said. I think we'll just settle for an Igoudala. They made some tough shots, but we were not sharp defensively, so always a combination. Stephen Curry was limited to 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

Van Gundy noted the Cavs had jumped to a big lead in the first quarter with James scoring five points. One fundamental difference from the first three games of the series: Cleveland worked relentlessly to create quality three-point opportunities.

They now lead the best-of-seven series 3-0. Draymond Green was ejected upon receiving two technical fouls...until he was un-ejected. As the referees reviewed the play - it appeared Pachulia took a swipe at Shumpert - some Warriors, including Matt Barnes, had words with a fan by their bench.

Later in the third, a skirmish for a loose ball resulted in Iman Shumpert and Zaza Pachulia getting into it. A Warriors win on Friday means Golden State becomes the first team in National Basketball Association history to go 16-0 in the postseason.

The @cavs erupt for 49 first quarter points, the most points in a quarter in #NBAFinals history!

For that to happen, the Warriors need to leave behind in Cleveland this unreasonable facsimile of what was the league's second-stingiest defensive rating in the regular season (101.1 points allowed per 100 possessions).

With their crowd hanging on every dribble, pass and shot, the Cavaliers came out flying.

Cleveland built an early 16-point lead and for the first extended time the series the defending champions looked and played like the superior team at both ends.

The Cavs went on to shatter another Finals record with 24 three-pointers in the game.

The Cavs sealed the game after back-to-back three-pointers with three minutes left in the game put them back up by more than 20 points. "We got to find our edge next game". And that was my barometer.

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