Cavs Dominated Game 4 to keep their Season Alive

NBA Playoffs – The Cleveland Cavaliers are still the reigning NBA Champion after dominating Game 4 of their first “Do or Die” game of the 2017 NBA Finals against the visiting Golden State Warriors at Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland.

After a sorry loss in Game 3, the defending champion came strong in Game 4 dominating the early quarters of the game posting their first double digit lead of the series 16 – 5 and manage to increase their lead up to 17 points. The Cavs scores 49 points in the 1st quarter to set an NBA Finals Record for most points scored in any quarter.

In the 2nd quarter the Cavaliers manage to hold on to their biggest lead of the half despite the Warriors treat of coming back in the game led by Kevin Durant, who scores 12 points in that quarter, Cavs lead was brought down to single digit with 3:35 to go in the 2nd but Kyrie Irving and LeBron James dominated the scoring for the Cavaliers to keep the Warriors away with the game and up their biggest lead of the 1st half to 22 points, 83 – 61 over a minute to go.

The Cavaliers ends the 1st half with 86 points the most points scored in the 1st half of the NBA Finals, shooting 60 % plus from the field and set an NBA Record for most 3’s in the 1st half with 13.

n the 3rd quarter, Cavs manage to control the game for the rest of the quarter, though the Warriors show some sign of mini run, but not enough to change the tempo of the game in favored of the Cavaliers, several plays led also to some controversial calls In the 3rd, like Draymond Greens 2 technical fouls that should automatically eject him from the game But referee clarified that the first “T” was not about Green and turns to be only 1 technical and that is the last one called in the 3rd. Also a confrontation happens between LeBron James and Kevin Durant that lead to both players to be penalized with a technical.

In the 4th quarter, the Warriors set a 6 – 0 run to cut the Cavs lead to 13 points while LeBron James is resting in the early minutes of the final quarter, but again the defending champion, manage to capitalize on Warriors run and up their lead and never let go of their double digit lead and escaped their first do or die game to win Game 4, 137 – 113.

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points, James with 31 points 10 Reb. And 11 assists and Kevin Love with 23 points and 5 boards. For the Warriors, Kevin Durant made his 4th straight 30 plus points to lead his team in a losing effort.

The Cavs win ended the Warriors 15 straight win in the post season and avoided a humiliating sweep at home.

Meanwhile, LeBron James, who averaged a triple double in the 2017 NBA Finals now holds the most triple doubles in NBA Finals history with 9th triple doubles, breaking a tie with Magic Johnson and also now at 3rd all-time career points in the NBA Finals surpassed Michael Jordan.

Game 5, shifts to Oracle Arena in Oakland will the Warriors finally end the series at home? Or will the Cavs survive to fight another day?