This series isn’t over yet. The Cleveland Cavaliers force a game five as they routed the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in game four of the NBA Finals.
With the Cavs facing elimination and a possible sweep of the series, they had to pull all of the stops and play their best game to hold off the championship celebration that the Warriors had planned.
Cleveland got off to a red hot start, finishing the first quarter with 49 total points, which happens to now be the most points in one quarter in Finals history. The three point line was the Cavs best friend in their early offensive dominance, hitting a quick seven three pointers.
Even though the Cavs got out to a great start, we all expected the Warriors to counter the Cavs three point onslaught. But, it just wasn’t the Warriors night.
The Cavs continued to shoot threes and the ball kept going in.
The Cavs set a new NBA Finals record with 24 total three pointers made. While also setting a finals record with most points scored in a half with 86.
LeBron James notched another triple-double, scoring 31 points, snatching 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Last night’s triple double now puts James at No.1 all-time at triple-doubles in the NBA Finals with nine.
Kyrie Irving added to the offensive explosion finishing with 40 points off 55 percent shooting.
The Cavs overall effort on both ends of the floor was the reason for last night’s convincing victory, but the Cavs have to keep this up to get themselves back in this series.
When one side is fighting to play another game and the other fighting to clinch the series and win a title, emotions can flare out of control. Throughout the game, players started to get testy and the officials started to blow their whistles, trying everything they could to control the emotions from players, coaches and fans. The game ended with seven total technical fouls and one flagrant foul.
Kevin Durant once again put up a 30-point performance which is now his fifth straight 30-point game in these finals.
But despite Durant’s solid performance, this time around the “splash bros” Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, didn’t show up, combining for 8-24 shooting from the field.
With last night’s historic offensive performance, the Cavs now live to fight another game. The Warriors still control their own destiny in winning a title, but the Cavs have been in this position before and they seem to have found a rhythm. It will be interesting to see how the Cavs play as the series shifts back to Oakland with their backs still against the wall.
Game five of the NBA Finals will be on Mon. June 12, at 9 p.m., in Oracle Arena in Oakland.