The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors locked horns in an explosive Game 4 on Friday and Cleveland made the first step towards turning the highly-anticipated NBA Finals “Threematch” into a series worth the hype with a 137-116 win to draw within 3-1, according to sports website espn.com.
On Friday, June 9, local time, the shots fell early and often and the Cleveland 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 for the Cavs of 2017.
The Cavs scored 49 points in the first quarter – setting a new Finals record for most points in any quarter – and hit 7-for-12 on 3-pointers while pouring it on, the report said.
They kept it up in the second quarter, taking an 86-68 lead into halftime as their 3-pointers continued to find the bottom of the net, scoring the most points in a half and accounting for the most made 3s 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, according to the report. 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 4 (10) as he had in Games 1-3 combined (11). J.R. Smith kept up his hot shooting in Game 3 with another strong night (15 points, including five 3s).
Kevin Durant led Golden State with 35 points but shot just 9-for-22, the report said.
By the end of it, the Cavs set a record for most 3s in a Finals game, going 24-for-45 (53.3 percent). This after combining to go 31-for-104 from 3 in Games 1-3.
“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, June 7.
The final three minutes of Game 4 didn’t have nearly the same drama, as Cleveland put in its subs for garbage time in a night they led by as many as 22 points.
Fans chanted a “Cavs in 7!” cheer to end the night.