Irving scored 40 points while James added 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and Kevin Love contributed 23 points as the defending champion Cavaliers snapped Golden State's NBA-record post-season win streak at 15 games.
The Cavs were determined not to let the Warriors celebrate on their floor for the second time in three years, and it was Cleveland, not Golden State, which busted Finals scoring records in the first half. Almost taking both games at Quicken Loans Arena, they have the blueprint to upset the Warriors-get 30/10/10 from James, watch Kyrie Irving be a scoring machine and win the battle behind the three-point line.
"We just kept our composure", James said.
"No, they got us where they want us", LeBron James said.
The Warriors lead the series, 3-1, and Game 5 will be at 9 p.m. Monday on ABC.
The Cavaliers scored 49 points in the first quarter alone, the most in a quarter in NBA Finals history.
Same place as previous year: Warriors up 3-1, NBA Finals go westBy BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterCLEVELAND (AP) - The celebrating after Game 4 was done by Cavaliers fans, not Golden State players, their families or anyone else dressed in blue and gold who came looking for a historic party."Cavs in 7!" He was the only Warriors player to eclipse 20 points.
"And you give us a day in between and we were ready to come out". There is a big difference between going up 3-0 in a series as the Warriors did this year as opposed to losing Game 3 as they did last spring and having to fight back to go up 3-1. So when he picked up a technical in the third quarter, everyone assumed Green was ejected from the game. "First of all, if you take a minute to see what's going on versus this team, they hit you with a 50-point quarter".
Golden State is an 8.5-point betting favorite in Game 5, via OddsShark, and the over/under is 231.5.
So where do we go from here? The Warriors have championship DNA and we do as well. Every year's different, every playoff series, every game, but we just are a team that never count ourselves out.
Late in the quarter, Pachulia got in a scuffle on the floor with Shumpert when they were fighting for a loose ball.
There still was plenty of confusion after the game, so Goble and fellow official Mike Callahan explained how things got so out of hand.
Between how agonizingly close the Cavs were to winning Game 3, and the way that absolutely everything worked for them during a comfortable, wire-to-wire victory in Game 4, it's tempting to think Cleveland may have found something that works in this series. With no team from 0-3 to bounce back to win a title, the Cavaliers are not new to this.
Golden State still have a two-game buffer and can claim the trophy at home on Monday (Tuesday, Singapore time).
It may have looked like if you read body language in the final moments of Game 3 or listened to the postgame interviews (aside from the mystery tweeter on J.R. Smith's phone who tweeted out, "Cavs in 7"). "Obviously we have haven't felt this feeling walking off the court with a loss in a while, but we've done a good job of bouncing back and being resilient all year".
The Warriors' 68 points were the most by a trailing team at halftime in the last 20 seasons.
"It would have (been special)", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "We knew what we were faced with (being down 3-0)". Green added 16 points and 14 rebounds and Stephen Curry was 4 of 13 for 14 points. We have reason to believe they can.
"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him", Green said.