Irving's 42 carry Cavs to win, 3-1 lead over Celtics

Irving's 42 carry Cavs to win, 3-1 lead over Celtics

With his esteemed teammate in foul trouble during the first half, Irving had to step up in game four and James said it came as no surprise. "It's the postseason and, at the end of the day, you just want to win the game". He has now ended their postseason four times in the past seven. Still, they beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next game before falling easily in Games 4 and 5.

Notes: Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 at San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with a bruised right heel, is back going through full practices in preparation to play in his first career Finals.

James led the way with 11 points on a ideal five-for-five effort from the field.

"Think the biggest thing for me sitting here today after breaking the all-time scoring record in playoff history is that I did it just being me", James said.

Irving kept Cleveland within striking distance while James was out by scoring 12 points over the final 5:11 of the second quarter.

Crowder and the Celtics are looking forward to going home and redeeming themselves after the blowout losses in Games 1 and 2. Bradley scored the last 11 points in a row and finished the half with 19 points, but the Celtics proved incapable of stopping the Cavaliers from scoring.

After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offense. "That was my mindset when I started playing the game".

The second quarter offered little relief for Boston.

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Cleveland shot 76 perc ent from the floor in the third quarter, led by Irving's 13-for-16 shooting. He capped his blistering 19-point outburst with a 3 in the final second of the quarter and celebrated at mid-court by pretending to put two pistols back in his holster.

By the Numbers - 24.5, 12.8 ... The Celtics have 2,500-to-1 odds of winning the title and it wouldn't be even slightly surprising if the Cavs closed out the series in five games.

"It's making us work", the Cavs coach said.

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because at the end of the day we are defending our title", Love told reporters as the Cavs prepare to meet the Warriors in Oakland in Thursday's game one.

"We played as well as we'd played in the entire playoffs in the first half and then for various reasons that didn't happen in the second half".

James played in his 212th career post-season game on Thursday night, when the Cavaliers met the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"[Kryie] saw LeBron went out, and he wanted to put the team on his shoulders, on his back, and just let us ride him until LeBron got back".

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