Cavs end Warriors perfect postseason run in Game 4


The Cavaliers forward was averaging 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds entering Friday's Game 4. Irving said he was motivated by the Warriors "chatter" heading into the game.

Durant was upset after being accidentally slapped by Kevin Love on a block attempt and after a lengthy review Love was assessed a flagrant foul. Draymond Green appeared to be ejected in the second half after a second technical foul, but the officials rescinded Green's first half technical and awarded it to head coach Steve Kerr to the knowledge of nobody (both said after the game that the calls were confusing).

But until the Cavs did it past year, no team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals. Extracurriculars aside, the Cavs finally outmatched the Warriors on the offensive end with a historical performance.

The Cavs set Finals records with 86 points in the first half, 49 in the first quarter, and 3-pointers in a game (24).

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving hit seven threes, scored 40 points and delivered every handshake in the playbook.

"I didn't hear it, but some of the other guys heard it and told me that that they wanted to celebrate on our floor once again, and they wanted to spray champagne in our locker rooms", said LeBron James, who put up 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his record-setting ninth Finals triple-double.

J.R. Smith fired away, 5-of-10 beyond the arc for 15 points - all three pointers.

The Cavaliers' biggest lead in the second quarter was 22 points, but it was cut to 18 at the half when Durant hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. "It's about damn time", Irving said afterwards. "We understand who they have on their team and what they're about and how established they are, but I think in those three losses we lost track of who we were. That's important to note-this was the Cavaliers team we expected to see from the outset, but it only arrived on Friday". We are here for a reason. We're going to respond, but they aren't going to punk us. It was their first defeat of the postseason, and their first loss in 61 days.

The Cavs shot better than 50 percent from deep in Friday's Game 4 en route to a 137-116 trouncing of Golden State. Asked to comment on the officiating without getting fined, Kerr smirked and replied: "Nice try".

The Warriors still lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1, and can wrap up the championship June 12 at Oracle Arena.

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But the Cavaliers enjoyed the flawless storm past year.

Problem for Lue, maybe only against the Warriors, is that it's pretty hard to keep anybody - even LeBron - fresh throughout the game when he's carrying such an enormous load as the main play-maker AND finisher on offense AND best all-around player on defense.

Durant also brushed off any lingering feelings from his confrontation with LeBron.

"We knew we had to make it physical". Before the game, Kerr, who missed 11 playoff games because of back pain, said his decision to return to the bench for Game 2 in the Finals was easy.

All night, the fans stood and stomped and screamed and celebrating as if this were Game 7 of the Finals. "They don't seem to be the sharpest people around".

Game 4 was a wild affair all the way around.


And we all know how that story ends. "I thought they played a tremendous game".

"I didn't stress anything besides just live in the moment", he said. "We're going to keep scrapping and keep fighting".

The talk in Game 4 was far less congenial.

No team in National Basketball Association history has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series, and Cleveland will try to become the first. But it's on hold and Golden State fans are holding their breath.