The Cleveland Cavaliers at home dismantled the Boston Celtics in game-four of the Eastern Conference Finals 112-99. The Cavaliers now take a 3-1 lead in the series. Kyrie Irving had a playoff career high 42 points on 15 of 22 from the field, dished out four assists, and made four three-pointers. Irving simply went off and scored 21 of his points in the third quarter alone. LeBron James finished with 34 points on 15 of 27 from the floor, grabbed five rebounds, and gave out six assists. James scored 15 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Love posted a double-double with 17 points on 6 go 13 from the field, including a playoff career high 17 rebounds, handed out five assists, and blocked two shots. Tristan Thompson put up seven points on 3 of 4 from the field, and plucked seven rebounds. Iman Shumpert added five points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the floor in 10 minutes off the bench. The Cavaliers shot an incredible 59.5 percent from the field, and shot 45.5 percent on 10 of 22 from three-point distance. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 14 turnovers, but they shot the ball very well from the field, and they executed well offensively.
The Cavaliers out-scored the Celtics in the paint 58 to 34. The Cavaliers were down 57 to 47 at halftime, but they turned it around in the second half. The Cavaliers out-scored the Celtics 65 to 42 in the second half. The Cavaliers big three as of James, Irving, and Love scored a combined 93 points in this game. The Cavaliers will look to end the series in game-five at Boston to advance to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year against the Golden State Warriors.
LeBron James said about Kyrie Irving, “The kid is special, I was happy to sit back and watch him. He was born for these moments.”
For the Celtics, Jae Crowder led the way with 18 points on 6 of 12 from the field, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and drained four three-pointers. Al Horford scored 16 points on 7 of 11 from the floor, and gave out seven assists. Avery Bradley pitched in 19 points on 7 of 19 from the field, to go along with five rebounds, and two steals. Kelly Olynyk dumped in 15 points on 7 of 14 from the floor, gathered five rebounds, and blocked two shots. Jonas Jerebko compiled nine points on 2 of 4 from the field, and collected five rebounds off the pine.
Marcus Smart amassed eight points on merely 1 of 9 from the field, and handed out six assists. Rookie Jaylen Brown contributed nine points on 3 of 5 from the floor off the bench. The Celtics shot 44.3 percent from the field, and shot 32.3 percent on 10 of 31 from three-point range.
The Celtics did shoot a solid 95 percent on 19 of 20 from the free-throw line. The Celtics got off to a good start in the first half, but they totally fell apart in the second half, and they had no answer for Kyrie Irving. Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas did not play for the Celtics with a hip injury. The Celtics are now 3-1 in the series in game-five at home will be a do or die game for them.