While the Warriors searched for a historic 16-0 postseason record, the Cavaliers brought other plans in Game 4.
4. The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t finished yet
This morning, almost everyone was expecting to see the Warriors lifting their second Championship in the las three years, but that that’s not the case. The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t finished yet.
The defending NBA champions delivered a breathtaking shooting display. They led from wire to wire to stave off elimination and deny the Golden State Warriors the first perfect postseason in league history with a 137-116 victory in Game 4 on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Now the series is 3-1, but the Warriors still need one more victory to earn the 2017 title. The Cavs still have a hard nut to crack.
3. Would the Cleveland make another history this year?
History would suggest Cleveland’s win only delays the inevitable. No team in NBA history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series in 126 previous tries. But no team had ever won an NBA finals from 3-1 down until the Cavaliers pulled it off last year.
Now they’ll look to repeat the feat starting with Game 5 on Monday night in Oakland. “Obviously the job is still far from over,” said Kyrie Irving, who finished with a game-high 40 points. “This is a good start.”
2. LeBron James broke all-time record in game 4with the most triple-doubles in Finals
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James set the all-time record for most career triple-doubles in the NBA Finals. James broke a tie with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson, as his performance gave him his ninth NBA Finals triple-double, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
He tied the record in Game 2 and nearly broke it in Game 3, but he fell one assist short with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine dimes. The 2017 playoffs have been kind to King James in terms of making history. King James took down Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA Finals scoring, moving up to 3rd on the list. James also overtook Jordan from the free throw line, becoming the all-time NBA Playoffs free throw leader.
1. The Cavaliers break several NBA Finals records, including the one previously set by the Warriors
The Cavaliers poured in a record-breaking 24 three-pointers to break the NBA finals record set by the Warriors in Sunday’s Game 2. They were led by Kyrie Irving, who led all scorers with 40 points on 15-for-27 shooting, LeBron James, who finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Kevin Love finished with 23 points, including six three-pointers, while JR Smith chipped in 15.
Here are other records set by the Cavs in game 4:
Most points in a quarter, Finals – 49 points. Most points in a half, Finals – 86 points. And most points in a half, playoffs – 86 points. Most 3-pointers made in a half, Finals – 13 threes. Also, most combined points in a half, Finals – 154. Most 3-pointers made in a game, Finals – 24 three-pointers.