Boston Celtics Game 4 Recap: Mr. Buckets

This deep three at the end of the third quarter was Curry-esque and the flawless cap to his one-man band performance that led the Cavaliers to their Game 4 victory that put them firmly back in control of the Eastern Conference Finals.

When his three-pointer splashed with a half-second left in the third quarter, the Cavs led 87-80.

Coach Brad Stevens said no decision had been made yet on whether Thomas would undergo an operation but he reiterated that he is out for the remainder of the playoffs. The Warriors are the better team and should be favored, but this is a lot of points to give a Cavs team that will have the best player in the series and is one of maybe two teams that can shoot with Golden State. "It's tough. And we really didn't know what to expect". Kyrie deserves so much credit not only for his absurd abilities and scoring prowess, but because he is so, so clutch.

"It was a matchup that we were all looking forward to, and I'm glad that we prevailed", Irving said.

Coach Tyronn Lue said they've gotten tighter this season. And of course, all the movement and stuff is good, but then there comes a time where, 'OK, we need a basket. "So I didn't think I could be Mike". However, when his team needed him most, Irving delivered with one of the best performances of his career.

That was reality for the title holders Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, as Irving set a career play-off high with 42 points in their 112-99 win over the Boston Celtics. There was even a gut-clenching moment midway through where the Cavs' point guard fell to the ground with an apparent ankle injury, only to rise up a minute or so later and run it off. Kevin Love is the third double-digit scorer and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 9.3 rebounds.

"Past it", James said. "It was huge for our team".

The Cavs had trailed by as many as 16 during that first half, showing numerous same issues that resulted in their stunning Sunday night loss.

Playing the first quarter at warp speed, the Cavs poured in 43 points, the franchise's best in any quarter of a playoff game, surpassing their 41 at Washington on April 13, 1977. The Celtics were shooting 47 percent through this same stretch. With the crossovers, acrobatic drives, and-1s, deep three-pointers, and pull-up jumpers, Irving has the most diversified arsenal in the National Basketball Association. The fourth came just a minute later when he was called for a charge. The record-breaker started a string of three consecutive makes beyond the arc by James to close out the quarter, prompting one Celtics fan behind the press seats to plead, "Take him out".

The 5-foot-8 point guard said he wants to play until he's 40, and he'd like to do it in Boston.

Thomas initially injured his hip in the third quarter of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 15, forcing the All-Star to miss the next two regular-season contests.

Roughly 180 - The decibel level when Irving sprung back up and sprinted down the court, comparable to the noise emitted from a rocket launch.

  • Julie Sanders