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Cavaliers Finally Strike Back in NBA Finals With Record-Setting Game 4 - This Is Sports Zone
 
 

LeBron James threw an alley-oop off the backboard to himself. James and Kevin Durant had to be separated by team personnel at center court. Draymond Green picked up a technical foul and was immediately admonished by a screaming Mike Brown. Deron Williams actually scored a bucket. Zaza Pachulia struck Iman Shumpert in the groin. Matt Barnes got into an argument with a fan sitting courtside and the fan, who happens to be friends with James, was escorted from his seat by security. And that was just the third quarter.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors locked horns in an explosive Game 4 on Friday, and Cleveland made the first step toward turning the highly anticipated NBA Finals trilogy fight into a series worth the hype with a 137-116 victory to draw within 3-1. Before the basketball turned into a variety act with all sorts of extra-curricular shenanigans after halftime, the Cavs played some of the best ball ever played in the championship round.

On Friday, the shots fell early and often, and the fans in Quicken Loans Arena barely sat in their seats all night, cheering on as they hoped they weren’t seeing the last home game of 2017 for the Cavs. The Cavs scored 49 points in the first quarter — setting a new Finals record for most points in any quarter — and went 7-for-12 on three-pointers while pouring it on. They kept it up in the second quarter, taking an 86-68 lead into halftime as their three-pointers continued to find the bottom of the net, scoring the most points in a half and accounting for the most made threes in a half in Finals history (13-for-22).

James logged a triple-double — 31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists — to overtake Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in Finals history with nine. He also passed Michael Jordan for third on the all-time Finals scoring list with his first basket in the first quarter. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points on 15-for-27 shooting. Kevin Love pumped in 23 points. Tristan Thompson had nearly as many rebounds in game four (10) as he had in Games one through three combined (11). JR Smith kept up his hot shooting in game three with another strong night (15 points, including five threes). Durant led Golden State with 35 points but shot just 9-for-22.

By the end of it, the Cavs set a record for most threes in a Finals game, going 24-for-45 (53.3 percent). This after combining to go 31-for-104 from three in games one through three. “They’re a great team, but I think we’re a great team also,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of his troops after they failed to protect a late six-point lead Wednesday. The final three minutes of game four didn’t have nearly the same drama, as Cleveland put in its subs for garbage time in a game they led by as many as 22 points.

Fans chanted a “Cavs in 7!” cheer to end the night. With their performance, the Cavs gave hope that thought could become reality.

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