Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals

Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals

Cleveland avoided elimination Friday evening by handing Golden State a 137-116 loss. Kyrie Irving made seven baskets from behind the arc, Kevin Love drilled six, and J.R. Smith lived up to his "Swish" nickname by sinking five triples.

CLEVELAND-The NBA Finals had its feistiest moments in Game 4 on Friday night in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.

Golden State still have a two-game buffer and can claim the trophy at home on Monday (Tuesday, Singapore time). As this was being sorted out, Todd Leebow, a friend of James who was sitting with the three-time champion's business partners, got involved in an argument with Golden State's bench and was asked to leave. Not me. Talk all you want but I'm definitely going to bark back. We got a golden opportunity going home on Monday to close one out. Durant averaged 25 points a game during the regular season and has scored 38, 33 and 31 against Cleveland, leading the team each time. Iman Shumpert and Deron Williams hit some unlikely ones.

It's such a shame that the Cavs weren't able to win Game 3 as they would be in great position if this series was tied at 2-2.

Ty Lue and LeBron knows the Warriors will not change their own style unless they absolutely need to.

"That's part of who we are", James said. Durant and James were assessed double technicals for arguing with each other at the 7:30 mark. We were just talking. "He was intense and he was ferocious out there and that's how we need him to play". In Game 3 we just - down the stretch we couldn't make any shots, and they did. "But when we take the threes that are in rhythm and we're getting guys to their spots and we're unselfish as we were tonight, then our three-pointers are a little bit different, and it makes the difference".

The Cavaliers led Game 3, 113-107, with 3:09 to play.

Because the Warriors remember previous year, too.

Curry said the Warriors will be ready to answer the Cavaliers raising their game.

"I can't foresee them coming to Oracle and hitting 24 3s", Draymond Green said.

The Cavs set scoring records in the first half and then held on during a wild third and fourth quarter that included technical fouls, James jawing with fellow superstar Kevin Durant and Cleveland's crowd roaring like a jet engine.

The slander will come Kerr's way from Warriors fans but this series that's begging for the dominance that's apparently never occurred on the biggest stage now turns to Oracle Arena for another closeout game.

Rather than completing a ideal 16-0 postseason and winning a second NBA title in three years, the Warriors instead saw the Cleveland Cavaliers shoot the lights out in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, winning 137-116 to send the series back to Oakland for Game 5 on Monday night.

The Cavaliers, who a year ago made an unprecedented rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to beat the Warriors, were physical right from the opening tip in what was easily the most emotionally-charged game of the series.

But we did see something pretty rare - a team that had fallen behind 3-0 in The Finals managing to stave off a sweep. Curry got it going with a mid-range shot to begin the scoring for the Warriors. I've been in this league long enough and I'm smart enough to understand what those fans mean to us, and for this game.

Without question the Cavaliers should be feeling good about themselves heading into Game 5. "We obviously know you can't just go home and expect to win". Previous year against Golden State, Thompson averaged 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds on 63.6 per cent shooting while leading all the regulars on both teams in both offensive rating (137 points per 100 possessions) and net rating (+28).



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