The Cleveland Cavaliers at home crushed the Golden State Warriors in game-four of the NBA finals 137-116. Golden State Warriors are still up 3-1 in the series. The Cleveland Cavaliers made 24 three-point shots which broke the record for most made three-pointers in a Finals game. The Cavaliers also scored 86 points in the first half which was a Finals record. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points on 15 of 27 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out four assists, and made seven three-pointers.
Irving scored 28 of his points in the first half and the Warriors just could not stop him. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 31 points on 11 of 22 from the field, including 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Kevin Love scored 23 points on 7 of 14 from the floor, pulled down five rebounds, stripped away two steals, and drained six three-pointers. J.R. Smith put in 15 points on 5 of 10 from the field, and buried five three-pointers. Tristan Thompson put up five points on 2 of 3 from the floor, plucked 10 rebounds, and gave out five assists.
Richard Jefferson added eight points on 2 of 4 from the field off the bench. The Cavaliers shot 52.9 percent from the field, and shot an outstanding 53.3 percent on 24 of 45 from three-point range. The Cavaliers simply went off, and they could not miss. They scored a total of 137 points. The Cavaliers got off to a great start and were up 49-33 at the end of the first quarter.
James, Irving, and Love scored 94 of the teams 137 points. The Cavaliers did play with energy on defense, and they never let Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson get it going in this game. The Cavaliers played well from start to finish and they never let the Warriors come back. The Warriors never led in this game. The Cavaliers avoid getting swept and they force a game five on Monday at Oracle Arena.
“Believeland is not going to give up,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said, “and we’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to keep scrapping.”
For the Warriors, Kevin Durant led the way with 35 points on 9 of 22 from the field, to go along with four rebounds, four assists, and blocked two shots. Draymond Green recorded a double-double with 16 points on 6 of 16 from the field, picked up 14 rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Stephen Curry chipped in a double-double with 14 points on merely 4 of 13 from the floor, handed out 10 assists, snatched five rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Klay Thompson totaled 13 points on just 4 of 11 from the field. Shaun Livingston contributed 10 points on 5 of 7 from the field off the bench.
Zaza Pachulia dumped in six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the floor. Andre Iguodala poured in four points on 2 of 4 from the field, dished out four assists, and blocked two shots. The Warriors shot 44.8 percent from the field, and shot only 28.2 percent on 11 of 39 from three-point distance.
The Warriors had an opportunity to go 16-0 in the playoffs, sweep this series and celebrate their championship in Cleveland. The Warriors just did not show up, and they disrespected the Cavaliers in this game. The Warriors could not get a stop in this game, and they let the Cavaliers do whatever they wanted to do. The Warriors will have a chance to closeout the series on their home floor on Monday.