With backs to the wall, Cavaliers’ Irving at his best

With backs to the wall, Cavaliers’ Irving at his best

Irving, who put the Cavaliers ahead to stay on a stunning 3-pointer in the final minute of game seven past year, scored 40 points Friday to lead Cleveland’s 137-116 home win over Golden State to extend the series, hitting seven of a finals-record 24 3-pointers for the Cavs. – AFPCleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving has been having a huge scoring performance against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the National Basketball Association finals.

But the biggest difference from Irving earlier in the series to the one who dissected them Friday was his effectiveness from the arc.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but it proved in vain as the home team came out on top. We know what it takes to win a championship. “We believe our fans in Cleveland are so good and we play so well at home that if we win Game 5, it’s probably going to go seven, and anything can happen in Game 7”. “We can’t worry about what happens after the game”, Durant said. He broke his right hand in an organized scrimmage before practice in between playoff rounds, making the Cavs 0-for-4 with their backup bigs – just slightly worse than their 2017 record against Golden State in the Finals. LeBron James has 27 points, but has played 35 of the 36 minutes. And something historic happened in Game Four in Cleveland.

“He’s risky, so we just wanted to limit his shots, take the ball out of his hands”, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Australian-born Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving said although Cleveland was in a tough position, there was hope. And Golden State is torn, choosing between extraordinary measures to deal with Irving vs. sticking with their preferred tactics that he seems to have solved. Cleveland’s subs have scored just two points.

In the end, the Cavaliers simply did not have the requisite star power to topple the talent-laden Warriors, even with four-time league MVP James doing all he could to keep his team in it. The Cavaliers won and went on to take the series 4-3. Kevin Durant has 21 points and Steph Curry has 20 for the Warriors, who are two quarters away from their second championship in three years. That’s especially true if Golden State can’t stop irresistible forces James and Irving from getting to the rim easily, which happened each of the past two games. James generally covers Durant, but the Cavs mix up looks by using Jefferson, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert against him.

Kevin Love is scoreless for the Cavs, who have turned it over 11 times. Then he moved across the podium and hugged Stephen Curry before accepting his shiny MVP trophy and hoisting it for everyone to see.

Durant hit two deep 3s and Andre Iguodala threw down a soaring, one-handed dunk that sparked an increasingly nervous Oracle Arena crowd.

Although Draymond had a decent game, leading both teams with 14 rebounds and putting up 16 points on 16 shots, his defense left a lot to be desired as Cleveland ran roughshod over the normally stellar Warriors defense. The reigning NBA Coach of the Year returned for Game 2 of the Finals following a six-week absence from the bench. Monday’s game ended after this edition of The Times went to press. Play was stopped at the 3:08 mark after a tussle and technical foul on members of both teams.