The Cleveland Cavaliers staved off NBA Finals elimination and ended the Golden State Warriors' shot at an unprecedented ideal run through the playoffs with a 137-116 win on Friday. You can also watch Game 4 live on the ESPN App or WatchESPN, but you'll need a cable login to access them. Golden State clawed within seven, but then the Warriors began fouling and Kerr got nailed with his technical - one of seven in the game.
The Warriors had planned to party, to pay back Cleveland. In addition, Cleveland set a NBA Finals record with 13 trifectas in the 1st half. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again.
The top-seeded Warriors, who had won their first 15 games of the playoffs, will get another chance to close out the series in front of their home fans on Monday.
"We have championship DNA", said James, who broke Magic Johnson's record with his ninth triple-double in the Finals. Irving was literally unstoppable in the third quarter of Game 3, hitting 7-7 shots from two-point range, but Steve Kerr and his coaching staff trusted their defense against him over the course of a game. We managed our minutes throughout the year a lot better, and I've been smarter about just taking care of my body.
The scary part for Golden State rivals is that the Warriors feel they can get even better.
Neither Curry nor Durant scored in the first seven minutes of the quarter and the Cavaliers did not let up, scoring a final-record 86 points in the first half and leading by 18 at the intermission. He's been an awesome player in this league for a long time and I think he senses this is his time, his moment, his team. and I think he's having the time of his life out there.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are 48 minutes away from being swept in the 2017 NBA Finals.
"Obviously it's working and we have to keep that keyhole mentality of: What's next?"
They look ready to play for many more.
Golden State's ideal postseason is over and Cleveland's coming back again. "I lay it all on the floor", James said, "and I did that tonight, gave everything that I had, both mentally and physically. So we won't be exhausted because we got adrenaline on our side and we got to act like this is a do-or-die situation", Thompson said. His previous game-high had been in Game 3. Durant went 10-18 from the field, scored a flurry of points early and late, and managed to stay at least one step ahead of all his would-be defenders.
"I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team", he said.
But Kyrie Irving exploded for 40 points and LeBron James had another triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, as Cleveland put on a brilliant display of offensive basketball against one of the best defences in the league.