LeBron James spectacular again, but efforts not enough for Cleveland

Ross Houston
June 13, 2017

After the Cleveland Cavaliers' awesome Game 4 win on Friday night in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, a user on Twitter Sunday broke down a LeBron James' Game 4 NBA Finals play, and it really is something spectacular.

The Cavaliers bench scored 23 points in Game 5, by far their most in the NBA Finals.

Irving definitely left everyone out on the floor in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, which the Cavaliers won, 137-116, and forced a Game 5 at Oracle Arena tonight.

For almost a year, Golden State star Kevin Durant has been answering questions patiently about how his joining the Warriors came about. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there have been only seven times a player scored at least 40 points to win when facing elimination in the Finals and Irving and James have each done it twice the past two years.

Curry went into Game Four within shouting distance of averaging a triple-double (28.6 points, 9.0 assists and 9.6 rebounds), but one game put back into focus his importance to the Warriors. The Warriors' All-Defensive forward Andre Iguodala could do nothing as James towered above him to slam home for the two points.

It was the first defeat Golden State have tasted in the NBA Playoffs this year after going 12-0 before the Finals. Still, they figure to be a heavy favorite to win the Larry O'Brien trophy on Monday night, with the series heading back west for Game 5.

Consider these facts: Despite scoring 49 points in the first quarter, 86 by halftime and 115 through three periods, Cleveland still allowed the Dubs to score 117 total points. Then it was Golden State's time again, with Durant as the prized addition.

In the two games in which Cleveland has found any type of traction, J.R. Smith has stepped up.

The Golden State Warriors losing the 2016 National Basketball Association title to the Cleveland Cavaliers after taking a 3-1 series lead haunted Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the team from the front office down. We know it's not going to be an easy game for us. You have to give them credit for how they played. They were eight-point favorites despite having to play without suspended forward Draymond Green.

Midway through the second quarter, the Warriors made their move, staging a 21-2 run.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals is off to a much more deliberate start than Game 4's track meet. "But as long as collectively as a group that everyone feels good, then my opportunities will come on breakdowns from their defense and offensively and things that we can be sharper at".

"They started to go with the 1-3 pick and roll with Steph Curry and Durant, which might be one of the most unstoppable pick-and-rolls in our league", Lue said. "It's tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed".

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