NBA FINALS: Game 4 – By Michael D. Kilgore Sr.
THE Cleveland Cavaliers had the Warriors scrambling from start to finish in game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Cleveland would draw first blood off the opening tip with a triple..,then never looked back. The CAVS put on a scoring clinic, recording an NBA record for most points in a quarter, with 49 after the first. In a game where the Warriors would never own a lead, Cleveland would continue their dominance posting another NBA record for most points in a half. The Cavs went to the locker room with a 68-86 halftime lead.
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James lead the way for the Cavs with a combined 71 points. Irving with a game high 40 points, while LeBron posted his 9th career NBA Finals triple double with 31pts, 10reb, and 11ast. LeBron James also would pass Michael Jordan whom was 3rd for all time scoring in the finals.
Stephen Curry (14pts) of the Warriors ends his streak of 20 point games at 13 said after the game. “Obviously I can play better, I want to play better, and will play better” Durant was Golden States leading scorer with 35pts.
In order for the Warriors to contend with the Cavs Irving/James duo, Curry needs to be Curry. Kevin Durant as his teammate makes a power house team perfectly capable of putting the King to rest.
Game 4 was perhaps the most physical game yet of the series. James and Durant broke out in a heated exchange midway through the 3rd as tension and emotions was running high. Other incidents occurred however no suspensions or fine was handed out by the league.
Warriors Center, Draymond Green, who didn’t seem bothered at all over the loss, was asked after the game about some confusion that took place over a technical foul. It was thought Green picked it up yet instead it was on Coach Kerr. Green was asked if he noticed the scorers table didn’t announce his name for the tech. He replied “No I don’t pay much attention. I don’t pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland honestly. Not the sharpest people around”. The funny comment showed how easy going the team is.
The Warriors have no concern heading in to game 5 as they lead the series 3-1. Plenty to be excited about, as we witnessed the highest scoring game in Finals history. The two teams combined scored 253 in game 4 (NBA Finals record). Game 5 comes to you live from sunny Oakland, California on Monday, June 12th The Cavs will try to prevent yet again champagne bottles from being opened and Titles from being raised in The Golden State.