Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cavs avoid being swept away by Warriors, dominate play in Game 4


Remember, the Warriors - for all their dominance this spring - were down 25 points to San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and came back to win only after Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was knocked out of the series with a sprained ankle.

The celebrating after Game 4 was done by Cavaliers fans, not Golden State players, their families or anyone else dressed in blue and gold who came looking for a historic party.

"It started at the shootaround (informal practice session)".

"Had a great vibe in the shootaround, and guys were upbeat, wasn't no hanging heads or sad", Lue said. "Guys were into it", Lue said.

Last night they demolished the Golden State Warriors 137-116 setting many records, both individual and team, and along with this fact, they extended the hope of performing a miracle in the finals and cut down the deficit to 3-1.

If history can repeat itself, the Cavs would etch their names in the history books once again. Although the Warriors are still up 3-1 on the Cavs, there is no doubt that they have to be a little anxious after what happened last season.

Durant had 2 points which were the team high points for the Warriors in the half while Shaun Livingston and Draymond Green contributed 10 and 9 points apiece. There would be no Fo' Fo' Fo' Fo' at Quicken Loans Arena, and now the 3-1 jokes are back in full force. James rested for the first 97 seconds of the fourth quarter but two quick Warriors' 3-pointers hastened his return as Golden State surged within 115-104.

Kevin Durant had a team-high 35 points for the Warriors, who will try again to wrap up their second National Basketball Association title in three years Monday at Oakland.

And it wasn't just LeBron James doing all the sweating and shooting.

Irving finished with a game-high 40 points that even impressed the likes of Kobe Bryant. "Richard Jefferson bent over to talk to a sprawled Curry at one point, making you wonder if he mentioned Curry's classless squat on the court after Kevin Durant's killer three late in Game 3".

Not that James was any quiet. Curry shared the credit for beating James in 2015, he lost to James last year, and he might get bypassed by Durant for first crack at the credit this year. Maybe he will. I don't know. "I don't like it". "It causes too much stress, man". Obviously, I still don't know what Curry was doing.

Who's foul is it, anyway? In the non-time zone adjusted fast nationals, the NBA Finals Game 4 is averaging 15 million viewers and a 5.5 adults 18-49 rating, with Jimmy Kimmel's pre-show drawing 9 million viewers and a 2.8 in 18-49. Receiving a technical foul for arguing with officials in the third quarter, Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green was announced as being ejected from the game after being charged with a technical foul in the first quarter as well. The referee then pointed out that the first technical given to Green in the first quarter was actually for Warriors coach Steve Kerr and was not communicated properly to the scoring desk.

Irving said he scans social media for such slights as premature celebration talk. I'm curious Jefferson's thoughts, though I didn't get to Cleveland's locker room tonight to ask him.

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