The Cleveland Cavaliers kept its title defense alive as it fashioned a wire-to-wire victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA best-of-seven Finals with a score of 137-116. Their first win cuts the deficit against the Warriors 1 game to 3. The Cavaliers blew the game open in the first quarter with Kevin Love and J.R. Smith hitting from beyond the arc. The first period ended with the Cavs breaking a finals record for most output in a quarter – 49 points against the Warriors’ 33. Cleveland’s torrid shooting throughout the game kept Golden State at bay as they made 24 three-point field goals – another finals record. The previous record was 18 held by the Warriors.
The Cavaliers were firing at all cylinders with Kyrie Irving leading the charge with 40 points backed up by Kevin Love’s 23 and JR Smith’s 15. 10 players scored at least 2 points for Cleveland. Lebron James secured a record for himself as having the most triple-double performance in the championship series. His Game 4 output of 31 points, 10 rebounds, & 11 assists was his ninth, sending Magic Johnson to second place in the record books with 8.
Kevin Durant carried the fight for the Warriors scoring 35 points. Stephen Curry was limited to 14 points but still dished out 10 assists for a double-double performance. Klay Thompson had 13 points. The Game 4 loss was the first for the Warriors in the 2017 NBA playoffs. Golden State still has 3 opportunities to close out the series with Game 5 shifting back to the Warriors’ home court.
Game 5 will be played on Monday, June 12 (Tuesday morning, Manila) Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.