The Cleveland Cavaliers set Finals records with 86 first-half points and 24 three-pointers on Friday night in a 137-116 Game 4 victory over the Golden State Warriors, avoiding a sweep and sending the series back to the Bay.
So much for the first perfect postseason in NBA history.
So much for sweeping LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers on their home court.
If the Warriors are going to win the NBA Finals and reclaim their throne — and make a case for being the greatest team in history — they’ll have to keep the Cavs from coming back from 3-1 down again.
The Cavs set Finals records with 86 first-half points and 24 three-pointers Friday night in a 137-116 Game 4 victory, avoiding a sweep and sending the series back to the Bay.
“We have championship DNA,” James told reporters. “We showed that tonight. We just kept our composure. We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical. It’s one game.”
James was asked Wednesday night if the Cavaliers had hit the Warriors with their best shot after a gut-wrenching Game 3 loss, in which the Warriors closed on an 11-0 run. James said he didn’t know.
Clearly the answer was no, they had not.
James had the ninth triple-double of his Finals career, passing Magic Johnson for the most in NBA history and finishing with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Kyrie Irving scored 28 of his 40 points in the first half.
The Warriors scored 68 first-half points, capped by a buzzer-beating three by Kevin Durant — and still trailed by 18 at halftime.
Durant finished with 35 to lead Golden State.
The Cavs halted the Warriors’ 15-0 postseason run and sent the series back to the Bay down 3-1. Last year the Cavs trailed 3-1 before rallying to win the first title in Cleveland’s history.
Game 5 is Monday night.