Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals

This is the team, the Cavs, that became the first team in National Basketball Association history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals past year. "Glad that we got the monkey off our back in terms of just getting one win in this series in terms of going against this great team".

Irving was sensational in both Game 3 and Game 4, totaling 78 points on 56 shots. The Warriors found themselves in foul trouble early and were never able to match Cleveland's physicality. "So I think a lot of guys had that in their mind today, and they came out and played like it". "That's just how I'm built". "Live in the moment". The Cavaliers set a record for most 3-pointers in a Finals game, connecting on 24-of-45 shots from downtown (53.3 percent).

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 40 points and LeBron James chipped in with 31 as the defending champions pulled to within 3-1 and forced the best-of-seven series back to Oakland.

Kevin Love added 23 points for Cleveland and J.R. Smith finished with 15 points.

The game got chippy in the third quarter as James and Durant received double technical fouls after a heated exchange of words.

The Warriors (67-15) are also hoping to redeem an NBA Finals collapse from last season, losing to the Cavaliers after building a 3-1 lead.

"And you give us a day in between and we were ready to come out. So then I thought the second one, Draymond was going to get kicked out, but they explained that the first one was on me".

One man made the greatest team of all time feel the need to make that kind of drastic improvement. "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".

It's been done on big stages in other sports, perhaps most famously by the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who strung together four wins over the New York Yankees to win the AL pennant on the way to their first World Series title since 1918. It started with 6:18 left in the quarter when Green appeared to pick up his second technical.

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But Green was almost ejected from Game 4 Friday after being charged with two technical fouls. The video board replayed the incident in slow motion, with the implication that Pachulia might have swiped at Shumpert's groin area. Instead of an ejection for Pachulia, however, he and Shumpert were slapped with technicals. They have a former MVP in LeBron James, but the Warriors have two players who have combined to win the last three. The Cavs led 115-96.

The 2017 NBA Finals is now averaging a 12.8 metered market rating through four games, up 5% from a 12.2 in 2016.

Four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant at this time previous year was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"That's part of who we are", James said. During the first period, the hosts scored 86 points, passing the Dallas Mavericks from 2003 and their 83 points.

With their pursuit last season of the 73 wins needed to post the best record in a single-season, the Warriors became familiar with the "chasing history" narrative.

Durant was upset after being accidentally slapped by Kevin Love on a block attempt and after a lengthy review Love was assessed a flagrant foul. The Cavs took 22 free throws in the quarter but only made 14. They made tough shots, they got it rolling.

Everybody knows about LeBron James' social media activity during the playoffs.

Green's ill-considered behavior may cost the Warriors down the stretch.

As the final seconds ticked off, Cleveland fans chanted "Cavs in 7".

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