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Game 4 Recap
History was made in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA finals, as Lebron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 71 points to end the Golden State Warrior’s historic undefeated streak in the playoffs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 116-137 and managed to do it while breaking the record for most points in a NBA finals half with 86 points going into halftime.
James ended with a triple-double while his match up, Kevin Durant, finished with 35 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Irving was the talk of the night with his sweet jumper and dazzling crossover moves, he was the leading scorer with 40 points.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in NBA history and the odds are in Golden State’s favor.
However, until last year, no team had ever came back from a 3-1 deficit and the Cavaliers did that to win its first title in the organization’s history.
It was also the first major sports title in Cleveland since 1964, when the Cleveland Browns won the NFL super bowl.
With Kevin love hitting six 3-pointers to complete his 23 points and J.R Smith having another solid finals game chipping in 15 points, the Cavaliers hit first and never looked back.
The third quarter was a bizarre one because of the confusion with technical fouls and jawing between both teams.
The frenzy acquired because of confusion that Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors was hit with one technical foul instead of two.
Green fouled Iman Shumpert on a jump ball and was called for a common foul, head coach Steve Kerr was upset and was called for a technical foul.
The confusion happened when Green was also called with a technical foul moments later and the score board table penned that it was Green’s second technical foul.
Two technicals and you are ejected from the game however, there was miscommunication and it was only Green’s first.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened to Green, just last year Green was suspended for Game 5 of the finals which proved to be a pivotal game-changer in the end when the Cavs went on to win the finals in seven games
However, Green was not suspended this time and will play in Game 5 this year.
The finals now moves to Golden State where the Warriors know now that the pressure is on them to win Game 5.
Being up 3-1 last year and losing the finals are still fresh in their minds and they don’t want to be on the wrong side of history again.
Things to look for:
- Will Stephen Curry show up? He has a tendency to play below his normal standard when the lights are brightest. We have learned this from his finals stats.
- Will the Cavs keep shooting the lights out? One has to wonder that making history twice for the same thing is very complicated.
- Will Irving and James continue their domancie? Fatigue is a huge part of the finals and carry a team to seven games is a tall task.