LeBron, Cavs end Warriors perfect post-season run in Game 4

The Cleveland Cavaliers set three NBA Finals records during the first half of Game 4! After scoring 31 points with 11 assists and 10 rebounds, he broke and NBA Finals record with his ninth triple-double.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Game 4 of the NBA Finals was either supposed to be a coronation for the Golden State Warriors, or a last stand for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"We have championship DNA as well", James said.

With the series heading back to Oracle Arena for Monday's Game 5, it appears the Warriors just delayed the obvious.

The Cavs scored 49 points against the Warriors, the most points in any quarter during an NBA Finals game in history. Those two teams are squaring off for the third straight season in the Finals, and unless the Cavaliers can salvage a game on their home court Friday, Golden State will claim their second win in the three-season (so far) series. The Cavs took 22 free throws in the quarter but only made 14. Golden State's a tough team.

Later in the quarter, confusion arose as Green seemingly received his second technical foul of the game that would have resulted in an automatic ejection. The Cavs also shut down the Warriors transition game, allowing only 7 fast-break points when they averaged 33 through the first three games. The Warriors are still in control of this series, and no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA Finals.

He passed Los Angeles Lakers great and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson for most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history. According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, Green's first call was to Warriors general manager Bob Myers to tell him it was on him to sign soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant.

Golden State brought a 3-1 lead back west but then took the floor without Green, who was suspended for accumulation of flagrant foul points, and couldn't stop LeBron James or Irving.

But perhaps the most important number was 53 - as in 53%, the Cavs' accuracy from behind the three-point line.

The 86-point half was also the highest-scoring first half in National Basketball Association playoff history, breaking the Dallas Mavericks' record of 83 in 2003 in a 132-110 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Two former MVPs, one on the brink of his first National Basketball Association championship, one trying to avoid being swept out of the Finals, were hit with technical fouls.

A history-making night like this wouldn't be complete without James leaving a personal mark.

As the final seconds ticked off, Cleveland fans chanted "Cavs in 7". That was the pitch: Just look how good we could be, and look how natural the fit would be. Irving was up to 28 points and James had already registered 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

No team has ever recovered from the 3-0 deficit facing the Cavaliers this year.

While the Cavaliers haven't been able to shut them up, they did manage to force Golden State quiet down a bit after their huge 137-116 Game 4 victory. "So I think a lot of guys had that in their mind today, and they came out and played like it". This technical however was given to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, and Green remained in the game.

  • Julie Sanders