The Cleveland beat the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 to stave off elimination and stay alive in the NBA Finals.
Left for dead after trailing 3-0 going into the game, the gritty Cavs had an offensive explosion, setting Finals records for most point scored in a half (86 in the first), in a quarter (49, first quarter) and threes made (24).
LeBron James had 31 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, notching his ninth career Finals triple double, breaking Magic Johnson’s all-time record.
Kyrie Irving poured in 40 points and Kevin Love scored 23 in a chippy game littered with technical fouls and players chirping at each other.
“We have championship DNA,” King James told reporters. “We showed that tonight. We just kept our composure. We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical. It’s one game.”
With the victory, the Cavs handed Golden State their first loss in these playoffs, and pulled to 3-1 in the series, the same deficit Cleveland climbed back from in last year’s Finals to capture the championship.
“Believeland is not going to give up,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, “and we’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to keep scrapping.”
For the Warriors, Kevin Durant scored 35 points, but Stephen Curry was limited to 14 points on horrible 4-of-13 shooting from the field, and fellow splash brother Klay Thompson only had 13 points.
“Just one of those games,” said Curry. “Not going to overreact to one. Obviously I can play better and want to play better and will play better.”
Game 5 is Monday in Oakland.
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