Things We Learned in Game 4

Tammy Harvey
June 11, 2017

The second quarter featured more of the same as Cleveland set a Finals record with 86 first-half points, shooting 61 percent from the field.

James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth career triple-double in the Finals, breaking the record of eight held by Magic Johnson.

Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. But listen at the end of the day we got some resilient guys.

"We were in attack mode", James said.

But it's one they had to have, and a series that wasn't living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night.

The Warriors entered Game 4 of the NBA Finals with a chance to become the first team in NBA history to finish 16-0 in the postseason.

Golden State hosts Game 5 on Monday night.

And beyond their firepower, the Cavs did it on defense, holding the up-and-down Warriors without a single fast-break point.

From a basketball perspective, the Cavs have progressed throughout the series, from terrible in Game 1 to less so in Game 2, followed by a heartbreaking Game 3 they should've won but couldn't score in the final three minutes of a five-point loss. Receiving a technical foul for arguing with officials in the third quarter, Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green was announced as being ejected from the game after being charged with a technical foul in the first quarter as well.

Members of the Cavs' Big 3 all had it going in Friday's win. "We're going to respond but they aren't going to punk us". The Cavaliers led by 20 points before long, with Irving leading the charge. "But we'll go tee it up again". Every year's different, every playoff series, every game, but we just are a team that never count ourselves out.

"We got to find our edge next game". The loss ended the Warriors' 15-game playoff winning streak and was their first since April 10. If Green hadn't been suspended for Game 5 past year, the Warriors might be going for a three-peat right now.

The Warriors couldn't make history in Game 4, and now they're going to try and prevent history from repeating itself. "If I felt better, I was going to do it".

The Warriors have missed the opportunity to have a ideal season. Kevin Love didn't make any NBA Finals history, unfortunately, unless he's the first Banana Republic model to win a finals game.

"It would have (been special)", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.

So what did we learn in Game 4?

Durant, still one win from the coveted championship he left Oklahoma City to get, scored 35 points but got little help from Stephen Curry, who scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting.

"I shot some tough ones", Irving said.

"I don't like it", James said. "He's been huge for our success the last three years, and they did a - they have done a great job of putting him in the game plan and neutralizing what he does best, and that's offensive rebound and giving us extra possessions", James said of Thompson afterwards.

"That first quarter, they came out and hit us with that incredible punch", Durant said.

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