Cleveland Wins Game 4
On Friday night, the unthinkable happened in the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers stomped out the Golden State Warriors, ending their undefeated postseason run.
The score ended in a lopsided way, 137-116. And the outcome showed that the best player in the NBA always has a shot.
The Cavs came out of the locker room on fire and were knocking down threes everywhere, pushing them to a 16-5 run. Cleveland even woke up J.R. Smith who splashed two threes during the run.
But nothing was perfect. LeBron James came down to shoot a transition three-pointer and threw up a shot that stuck between the rim and backboard.
But Golden State made a comeback. Although, the quarter ended with a 44-33 lead for the Cavs. Cleveland even broke the record for the highest scoring quarter in the Finals and led 86-68 at the half.
James had 22 points, six boards and eight assists after two quarters according to ESPN. His teammates, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, went off as well. Love had 17 point and four rebounds and Irving held up 28 points with four assists.
The second half was the Cavaliers all the way and the Warriors just couldn’t get into a rhythm. Even though the Warriors kept fighting, the Cavs would go on little runs to sustain the huge lead.
In fact, James showed off his creativity. While on a fast break James looked to dish off a pass but decided to throw it off the backboard. He then catches the pass and slams the ball all over Durant.
James finished the game breaking various records. And he now owns the triple-double crown in the Finals; he finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Irving finished with 40 points and Love added in his 23 points as well.
James still showed focus for a championship after the win and told the Associated Press,
“Listen, at the end of the day, we want to just try to put ourself in position to play another game, and we did that tonight and hopefully we can do it Monday night where we can come back here,” James said.
Curry finished with a poor shooting performance and ended with only 14 points on 4-13 shooting. He did dish off 10 assists though, and Draymond Green still competed with 16 points and 14 boards.
Many fans think this outcome resembles last year but it’s far from it. Green will still be eligible to play in Game 5, and Durant now wears a Warriors uniform.
Game 5 takes place Monday night at 9:00 p.m. EST on ABC.