Cavs' Kyrie Irving caps off brilliant night by baffling Celtics' Jae Crowder

With a victory, the Wine & Gold can clinch their 3rd straight and 4th overall appearance in the NBA Finals.

Thomas, who led the Celtics in scoring and assists, is out for the remainder of the National Basketball Association playoffs because of the nagging hip injury he aggravated during game two of the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland tied a playoff franchise record by shooting.595 (44-74) from the field (also shot 44-7, .595, on 5/7/10 at BOS). And don't forget his classic Game 4 no-show against Dallas in the 2011 Finals, when he totaled just eight points.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) looks to pass around Boston Celtics' Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland.

The Boston Celtics have his undivided attention.

The Celtics have done a admirable job since losing their All-Star floor general, Isaiah Thomas, for the remainder of the series. The game was easily in hand by this point, but Irving wanted to cap it off with one last incredible highlight. "We can't go back to Boston tied 2-2".

The Wine & Gold have been very good against teams fighting for their season. The two teams have split the last two series, with Golden State winning in 2015 and Cleveland winning in 2016.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 10-point deficit and LeBron James' early foul trouble on Tuesday night to beat the Boston Celtics, thanks largely to the play of superstar guard Kyrie Irving. Here goes: Throughout his career, in games played after he has scored 15 points or less, he has responded with an average of 28.3 points.

"We played as well as we'd played in the entire playoffs in the first half and then for various reasons that didn't happen in the second half".

At the 6:46 mark of the second quarter in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James committed an offensive foul.

"I've been saying he's a special kid since I got here, " said James, who finished with 34 points.

Kevin Love added 17 points and a career playoff-high 17 rebounds for Cleveland. The Cavs had a 13-game unbeaten streak going with James in top form, on the verge of penciling in his name above those of Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul Jabbar in the playoff record books.

  • Julie Sanders