Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an nearly inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Just as fittingly, Kyrie Irving assisted on the basket - a 3-point shot with 2:41 left in the third quarter to increase the Cavaliers' lead to 103-71.
Green has a special reason for wanting to "destroy" the Cavaliers, since it was his loss of control in Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals that resulted in his suspension for the next contest. "For the first year without Timmy's leadership and a lot of new players, these guys got it together to win 61 games and just got better and better as the playoffs proceeded and we were basically on a pretty good roll starting Game 1 at Golden State".
James scored 35 points in the series-clinching victory against the Boston Celtics to reach 5,995 points, taking him past the previous mark of 5,987 set by basketball great Jordan. "I don't really have anything to say".
"I didn't have it", James said afterward, and that was no understatement. "We have to execute offensively".
But beyond James' foul trouble, the Cavs were having other issues as the Celtics outplayed them at both ends while opening a 16-point lead. "That's just how the game be played". He poured in 12 points in the final six minutes of the second quarter with LeBron on the bench, keeping the Cavs in the game going into the half and confidence to build on.
Irving stayed on the floor for several seconds before sitting up and re-tying his sneaker.
Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years. It's tough to get much more efficient than 42 points on 15-of-22 shooting from the field, 4-of-7 beyond the arc, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.
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In fact, those games should be easy to remember because they are so rare. This caused coach Tyronn Lue to have to sit him for the latter half of the second quarter.
It's an indication that despite still being in a dire 3-1 hole, the resolve inside Boston's locker room remains strong.
For Boston, guard Avery Bradley was the only player to get anything going, with most of his 23 points coming in the first half.
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After getting eliminated, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens now looks ahead to the National Basketball Association draft and said, "It's pretty cool to think that in three weeks you've got the No. 1 pick in the draft".
"You can't (think about it)". Maybe it's because he has the handsome looks of a GQ cover model or maybe it's because James and Tristan Thompson are such bruisers near the rim, but Love fights for every defensive rebound and takes charges from men much thicker and heavier.
"No message", Lue said. James and Kyrie Irving are terrifying in those situations, which makes me think the Cavaliers have a chance to challenge the team that has perhaps the greatest collection of talent the league has ever seen.