Cavs avoid elimination, beat Warriors 137-116

Lynette Rowe
June 10, 2017

Golden State clawed within seven, but then the Warriors began fouling and Kerr got nailed with his technical - one of seven in the game.

The celebrating after Game 4 was done by Cavaliers fans, not Golden State players, their families or anyone else dressed in blue and gold who came looking for a historic party.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James speaks early Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Cleveland after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals. Golden State will be at full strength this time, and while the Warriors have finally lost a game, they haven't lost any confidence. The Cavaliers won 137-116.

It forces a Game 5 in the best-of-seven series and denies the Warriors - who lead the series 3-1 - the chance to become the first team in National Basketball Association history to go undefeated throughout the playoffs.

The Warriors had planned to party, to pay back Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James unleashed a historic scoring spectacle Friday to power defending champion Cleveland over Golden State 137-116 in the NBA Finals, ending the Warriors' bid for a flawless playoff run.

The Warriors, leading the series 3-0, needed to win game four to clinch title glory and become the first ever side to go through the entire play-off campaign with a ideal record, but they came up against a Cavs team who were not ready to give up on their dream of retaining their crown. "We showed that tonight".

NO SWEEP! LeBron James (23) of the Cleveland Cavaliers moves the ball away from Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. "It's one game. It'll be even tougher in Game 5, but we look forward to the challenge". "It raises the bar, especially the attention that goes on with it", Irving said.

Now they need the biggest ever in the NBA's postseason.

But until the Cavs did it a year ago, no team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals.

Game Five will be played Monday in Oakland.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was asked about the inconsistent officiating, but couldn't take the bait following a win. "We have a great opportunity to give ourself another opportunity to keep going".

The Warriors still have ample chances to win their second title in three seasons over the Cavs. Now, Golden State fans are holding their breath.

The Warriors are no longer unbeaten in the playoffs, but James said they still have the Cavaliers where they want them.

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"The magnitude of the game, it hit me in a very deep place", Irving said. I've won one on the road.

"Just one of those games", Curry said. "Not going to overreact to one", Curry told reporters.

When Cleveland's locker room opened after the game, trainer Mike Mancias was stretching James over a medicine ball.

"And you give us a day in between and we were ready to come out". I'm pretty sure Draymond won't get suspended for Game 5.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said game four got out of hand against defending champions the Cleveland Cavaliers.

No team has erased a 3-0 deficit in any series.

In any event, the Cavs are still breathing, and it's now the Warriors who may be feeling the pressure after blowing a 3-1 lead last June.

Instead of an automatic ejection, however, Green stayed in the game because officials insisted the first technical given to him-with 1:55 left in the first quarter-was actually assessed to Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

Later, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in a pileup of players and delivered two swipes to Iman Shumpert's groin area as the referees tried to get control. Cleveland fans chanted as they walked toward the exits. The champions had 49 points in the first quarter. Both guys played tremendous games, really did some wonderful things, one-on-one, making shots, and then they got a lot of contributions from others, too. "You want to play extremely well and you understand that's a do-or-die game".

Warriors: Were trying to become the first team to complete a postseason unbeaten. Comedian Kevin Hart and National Football League star Odell Beckham Jr. were among the courtside celebrities.

If not for Cleveland's Kyle Korver missing a 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 3, the series would be 2-2.

"I didn't stress anything besides just live in the moment", he said. And that was my barometer.

The ninth career NBA Finals triple-double by James broke the all-time record he shared with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Only Jerry West (1,679) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317) have more. General manager David Griffin's contract expires after the season, and it's not clear if he will be re-signed by owner Dan Gilbert.

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