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Cavs halt Warriors perfect post-season, party in Game 4

11 Juin 2017

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 40 points as the defending champion Cavaliers pulled to within 3-1. Also: The Cavaliers were just better, too. They led at the 86-68 at the half, the highest scoring half in an NBA Finals game.

But it's one they had to have, and a series that wasn't living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night.

The Ringer's Danny Chau said the Cavs played "exemplary basketball" on Friday: "The Cavaliers' game plan was sound: For the first time all series, Cleveland made a concerted effort to force the prospect of scoring on the Warriors' less lethal weapons like Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston". We're still a special team as well.

LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and the Cavs, bothered by chatter from Golden State's players, broke scoring records while outperforming the NBA's most electrifying offense in a testy Game 4 filled with technical fouls Friday night, beating the Warriors 137-116 and snapping their 15-game playoff winning streak.

"We made shots", Lue said. The Warriors entered Game 4 with a chance to be the first team in American sports history to come through four postseason series and emerge unbeaten.

Andre Iguodala's putback in the fourth cut Cleveland's lead to 115-104, but the Cavaliers responded with a 7-0 run - capped by a Richard Jefferson hoop - to push the lead back out to 120-104 with 8:42 remaining.

Soon after, a 12-2 Warriors run made it a six-point game, but the Cavs again started relentlessly attacking the basket and built their lead to as many as 17 in the period.

Of course, heading to Oakland with a 3-1 deficit is nothing new for the Wine & Gold, having completed the greatest comeback in Finals history in the exact same hole to claim last season's title.

Later in the third, a skirmish for a loose ball resulted in Iman Shumpert and Zaza Pachulia getting into it.

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"It was just an incredibly physical game", Kerr said. In his last two games, Smith is averaging 15.5 points on 10-20 (.500) shooting and 10-19 (.526) from beyond the arc in 31.5 minutes. "So our mindset is try to go up there and get one".

Everyone thought it was a sweep but it seems like we now have a series in the National Basketball Association 2017 finals. They shot the three like it had been part of their brand all season long. Curry missed his first five shots of the game and never got on track.

Everything Cleveland wasn't in the first three games, they were in Game 4.

Those stats are excellent but it was Irving who had a remarkable night dazzling and making the crowd go oooh and ahhh, shooting 11 for 14 from the field, 4 for 6 from three with 28 points.

If we're fetishizing the rough-and-tumble 80s and 90s these days, then Game 4 was a beauty.

Green himself was the subject of a weird third-quarter sequence in which he appeared to have gotten a second technical foul - and an ejection - only to have it later revealed that an early technical assigned to him had been switched to coach Steve Kerr.

But Draymond Green said Golden State is eager to end this one back in the Bay.

It may be easier to have fun - and play more freely - now that sideshow is gone.