Cavs end Warriors perfect postseason run in Game 4

Cavs end Warriors perfect postseason run in Game 4

Then, James and Kevin Durant, who led Golden State with 35 points, picked up double technical fouls for jawing at each other at center court, which had the entire crowd on its feet.

The series goes back to Oracle Arena in Oakland for Game 5 on Monday night.

Golden State's ideal postseason is over.

The Warriors, leading the series 3-0, needed to win game four to clinch title glory and become the first ever side to go through the entire play-off campaign with a flawless record, but they came up against a Cavs team who were not ready to give up on their dream of retaining their crown.

The Cavaliers became the first finals team trailing 3-0 to force a fifth game since the 1996 Seattle SuperSonics.

LeBron James was also on fire, adding 31 points.

"I didn't stress anything besides just live in the moment", he said.

Irving scored 40 points and LeBron James added 31 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds to power the Cavaliers over Golden State 137-116 Friday, averting what would have been a historic win and NBA Finals sweep for the Warriors.

And then there were the 3-pointers, which made a huge difference for the Cavs.

The Cavaliers shot 24-of-45 from 3-point range, setting a record for Finals hoops from beyond the arc and finishing one shy of matching the league's all-time record.

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Amid the points, however, things got heated between several players, including LeBron and Kevin Durant. "I thought they called it on Draymond", Kerr said after the game. This year, they'd have to become the first team in National Basketball Association history to win the Finals after being 3-0 down. He joked, "We hit some tough ones", but the Cavs seeing the ball go through the net looms large for the Warriors defense. The Cavaliers have their work cut out for them, but past year no team had ever come back from down 3-1 and they ended up winning the title. They know it's a different team this time around, but it comes with the same haunting from the Cavs. On the official box score, Draymond Green was given a technical foul with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter. After several minutes of deliberation, the referees said the first technical was registered erroneously as it was called on Warriors coach Steve Kerr. In the scrum, Pachulia appeared to kick Iman Shumpert - who was standing over him - once and punch him twice. Instead of an ejection for Pachulia, however, he and Shumpert were slapped with technicals.

They kept it up in the second quarter, taking an 86-68 lead into halftime as their 3-pointers continued to find the bottom of the net. The All-Star guard led all Cleveland scorers.

However, it is the second half that will be remembered by most.

After Game 3, Kevin Durant emphasized that the Warriors' job was not done.

Kyrie Irving in a Nike Kyrie 3 PE.

The Warriors, however, return to their own territory knowing one more win will see them claim a second title in three years.

LeBron also broke the record for most career free throws in the playoffs - beating Jordan again - just minutes later in the first quarter. The Cavs took 22 free throws in the quarter but only made 14.

But they never got closer.

A James 3-pointer put Cleveland ahead 115-96 entering the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the fouls piled up - 12 on the Warriors in the first quarter, including two each on Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Green and Andre Iguodala.