The Warriors’ quest for a perfect NBA playoffs series has been snapped and the Cavaliers have breathed new life into this NBA Finals series after a stunning and heated victory in Game 4. The Cavaliers smashed countless records to score an unthinkable 137 points to win by 21 in a contest that exploded out of control in the second half.
Cavaliers stun in impossible shooting display
LeBron James set an NBA Finals record with his ninth triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers had the highest-scoring first half ever in the Finals while beating the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 to stave off elimination on Friday night.
The Cavaliers had 86 points at halftime and led by 24 during a physical and at times poorly officiated game while handing the Warriors their first loss of the postseason.
James finished with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to move past Magic Johnson, while Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 40 points. Cleveland made 24 3-pointers.
Kevin Durant scored 35 points but the Warriors could never slow down the Cavs and missed their chance for the NBA’s first perfect postseason. Golden State hosts Game 5 on Monday night.
No team has escaped a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series but the Cavs made the greatest NBA Finals comeback last year from 3-1 down to beat the Warriors.
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Golden State scored the first eight points after three-quarter time to cut Cleveland’s lead to just 11 points before the Cavaliers responded. With six minutes to play Cleveland led 124-107 after another J.R. Smith long-range bomb.
The Cavaliers snapped another NBA playoffs record when they became the first team to hit 20 three-pointers in the post-season when LeBron James extended their lead to 19 points mid-way through the final quarter.
With three minutes left, Cleveland led 129-111.
The Cavs finished just one three-pointer short of the all-time NBA record, they hit 24 from 45 from downtown.
They ran away with it to win by 21 points.
Full time: Cleveland 137, Golden State 116
Rugby scrum, police in NBA frenzy in third quarter
AN ugly incident between Iman Shumpert and Zaza Pachulia has seen the NBA Finals erupt in an ugly scene.
Hot on the back of Draymond Green’s near ejection and Kevin Durant and LeBron James getting in each other’s faces, Shumpert and Pachulia wrestled on the ground after the Warriors centre appeared to deliberately take a shot at Shumpert’s groin.
Shumpert was standing over Pachulia, refusing to let him off the deck, when Pachulia’s hand shot out towards Shumpert’s groin.
“He definitely extends that right arm to the groin area of Shumpert,” ESPN analyst Mark Jackson said.
As the referees reviewed the footage to see which players were at fault, video of Pachulia’s low blow was played on the big screens inside the stadium, extracting a wild response from the incensed Cleveland crowd.
From there the two teams continued to trade pushes and shoves near the Warriors bench.
Involved in the mild melee was a fan, who left his courtside seats to scream at Warriors players.
That move brought security and police onto the floor to separate the two teams, their bench players, officials and the spectator.
When the dust settled the spectator was thrown out of the stadium and a double technical foul was called against both Shumpert and Pachulia.
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