The Golden State Warriors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in game-4 of the NBA Finals, 137-116, Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Cavaliers came out fast and furious in the first quarter. They were beating the Warriors to the ball and dominating on the glass. They ended the first with a new NBA Finals record in scoring for one period and led 49-33.
Cleveland kept the pedal to the metal in the second quarter. They pushed the lead over the Warriors to as many as 22 points, 83-61, with 1:07 remaining in the second. The Cavaliers ended the first half leading the Warriors by 18 points, 86-68. Cleveland set another NBA Finals record for scoring in a half.
Cavaliers stars Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 67 points in the first half. This incredible half by Cleveland included another finals record by making 13, 3-point shots.
The third quarter witnessed Cleveland holding the lead throughout. The Warriors could get no closer to the Cavaliers than 14 points. With 1:10 left in the period, a double technical foul on the court ignited a reaction by a fan that resulted in him being ejected from the arena. The Cavaliers did not miss a beat and finished the third, leading the Warriors, 115-96.
The final stanza was played at a slower pace, due to many fouls called on both teams. The officials had to make multiple trips to the replay screen to determine who fouled who, and on at least two occasions, if there were flagrant fouls involved.
The Warriors seemed frustrated by the numerous foul calls. The multiple interruptions had little effect on the Cavaliers as they continued to hold a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and cruised on for the win.
Cleveland was led by Irving with 40 points. James came through with another triple-double for 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He passed Magic Johnson for most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history with nine to date.
The Warriors’ Kevin Durant led the team with 35 points. Star guard Stephen Curry had a sub-par game scoring only 14 points.
This victory by Cleveland forces a fifth game of the best-of-seven series. The Warriors lead the series 3 games to 1. The two teams will clash again on Monday, June 12, in Oakland, California.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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