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Sharp-shooting Cavaliers keep hopes alive in NBA Finals — NBA

Eduardo Anchondo | Junio 10, 2017, 21:16

Many who arrived at Quicken Loans Arena for Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night expected to see history.

Next game Thompson in the 2011 draft where the Warriors flushed out the second member of the eventual Splash Brothers at No. 11.

The team unveiled a special logo on Twitter to mark the occasion. Throw in the likelihood that Durant signs a long term deal turning down his player option and you can see the payroll getting dangerously high and prohibitive. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again.

The Cavs came out aggressive in a must-win game against the Warriors to stay alive. "We showed that tonight".

The game got chippy in the third quarter as James and Durant received double technical fouls after a heated exchange of words.

The home team was dominating on both ends of the court, forcing the Warriors into bad shots, and hustling for second chances on the offensive end.

With the Warriors unbeaten in the postseason and a victory away from a second title in three years, a number of former players have said their teams would have beaten them.

Golden State never recovered.

James said his teammates were upset by comments made by fiery Warriors forward Draymond Green.

He added: "The guys in the '50s would have destroyed everybody". By the break, the Cavs totaled 86 points - also a Finals record - and led by 18.

"It was just an incredibly physical game", Kerr said afterward. "Not going to overreact to one".

LeBron finished the game with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, giving him the most NBA Finals triple-doubles of all time.

On the other side, Steph Curry struggled through his worst performance of these Final while managing just 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Green appeared to get the technical for an outburst toward an official immediately afterward.

The series now heads to Oakland for game five.

"We finally settled in, man, it was about damn time", Irving said.

Going into game 4, the Warriors lead the series, 3-0. Pachulia could have been tossed, but was only given a technical, as was Shumpert.

The Warriors won their first 15 playoff games, the longest postseason streak in North American sport history, but a party they've been planning for a year has been put on hold. He finished with 40 points in a 137-116 Cavs win. Unfortunately, they came up a little short. Comedian Kevin Hart and NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. were among the courtside celebrities. First, James threw an alley-oop to himself off the backboard for a massive slam dunk.

"He was jaw-jacking with Zaza and it was fake, man", West said. And that was my barometer.

I do know one thing, though. "I stunk in my first Finals", he quipped. "I don't stink anymore.". The Warriors were whistled for 12 fouls. The previous record for a first quarter was 43 - set twice in the 1967 Finals by Philadelphia, against the San Francisco Warriors.