Kyrie Irving leads Cleveland to the verge of the NBA Finals

James now has recorded at least 30 points, five assists and five rebounds in a National Basketball Association playoff record 69 games.

Kyrie Irving scored 41 points in the win, as he took on the burden of LeBron James' absence.

All Star guard Kyrie Irving then proceeded to take the helm and lead his side back into the contest on with a spectacular offensive performance, scoring nearly at will as the Cavs gradually eroded the Celtics' lead.

First came a step back 3, then a driving layup and a minute later another 3 to get the deficit back to 10.

While many will point to that stretch as a time when the Celtics failed to make the necessary adjustments to increase their chances of winning, it wasn't as if the Cavs are a one-man team.

It was the latter that head coach Tyronn Lue had fun with following the Cavs' Game 4 win on Tuesday. Irving was down on the court and clutching his left ankle, but was able to stay in the game. "They answered back with everything we answered". He scored the final 14 points in the 3rd quarter and scored 19 points in the final 4:48 of the frame. "We needed everything tonight". They had been thoroughly outclassed on their home floor for more or less the last three quarters going back to Game 3, and it looked like we were going to have to accept the distinct possibility that the series was heading back to Boston tied at two games a piece. Stevens said Thomas may consult with two additional specialists. "As the stakes get higher and higher, his game gets higher and higher, but it was nothing surprising for me". Kevin Love had a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was a man possessed in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

"The kid is special", James said. "He was born for these moments".

  • Julie Sanders