Cavaliers get physical and pound the Warriors to keep their hopes alive 137-116

June 9, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Golden State Warriors players watch from the bench in the closing moments against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. Cleveland won 137-116. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Cleveland- The Cleveland Cavaliers set four NBA records Friday night as they defeated the Warriors 137-116. The Cavs came out smoking and set the first NBA record of the night when they tallied 49 points in the first quarter. The Warriors scored 33 and trailed by 16 after twelve minutes of action,  The Warriors were outscored in every quarter of the game and lost by twenty-one points.

Cleveland had an answer for everything the Warriors tried. They put a blanket on Steph Curry who was four-of-thirteen from the floor. Klay Thompson was held to just 13 points. The Cavs set a second NBA record when they finished the first half with 86 points. The Dubs, who usually have great third periods, could not make up any ground as they lost the period to the Cavs 29-28. They closed the gap to eleven 115-104 in the fourth quarter, but this was it as the Cavs roared back and got the lead up to twenty-one once again.

The Cavs’ Kyrie Irving was magnificent as he scored forty points. He drove the basket, he stepped back and made threes. His partner, LeBron James had another triple-double to set the third NBA record. It was LeBron’s ninth career triple trouble breaking the record of eight set by the Lakers’ Magic Johnson. LeBron had 31 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love was hot in the first quarter with several 3-point shots, and he finished with 23. J.R.Smith also made several threes, and he finished with 15 points. The Dubs held Tristan Thompson to just five points, but he reasserted himself under the boards as he pulled down ten big rebounds. The veteran, Richard Jefferson, played well and he was excellent on defense, and he added 8 points to the Cavs’ attack.

The game was marred by 7 technical fouls, and the officiating left a lot to be desired. There was confusion surrounding a technical foul called on Draymond Green early in the game. Everyone in the arena thought Draymond would be ejected from play when a second technical was called on him in the second half. The first technical was actually called on Steve Kerr as he rushed onto the court defending Draymond. For some reason, the scorer’s table had listed it incorrectly.

Draymond stayed in the game. Kevin Durant and LeBron James got into a heated exchange in the second half, too. Each player was charged with a technical. The game was very physical and emotional. The Warriors wanted to win the game and clinch the championship. The Cavs were fighting for their playoffs life. With the win, the Cavs are in the exact same spot they were in a year ago,  Down 3 game to one and heading back to Oracle Arena. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the Finals to win. However, the Cavs did come back from being down 3-1 to win. They feel they can do it again, but things are not exactly the same. Draymond Green will be on the court Monday night, and he will be joined there by Kevin Durant. KD led the Dubs with 35 points. The Dubs will need him to perform his magic once again, and they will need Steph and Klay to have big games. The know that if they lose Monday night, the series goes back to Cleveland and could go to seven games once again. The Dubs want to close it out Monday in front of their hometown fans.

Notes and Stats- The Cavs made 24 three-point shots to set another NBA record for the Finals. Just an amazing performance by Cleveland.

LeBron James put the victory over the Dubs in perspective:” We won one game.” “We are looking forward to the challenge in Game 5.”

Warriors’ assistant coach Jarron Collins, filling in for Steve Kerr, made the following remarks:”we came out flat. (Cleveland) Played with a lot of force. We know we have to play a lot better. We have to play with energy and force.” He believed that ” we’ll be better on Monday and we’ve got to do a better job at the point of attack.” He also reminded the team and the fans that the Warriors” are one step away from achieving our ultimate goal.”

Game 5 will be Monday night at 6 pm at Oracle Arena.























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