The Golden State Warriors fell short of sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night in an offensive firework display from both teams that featured many high-tension moments.
The Cavs set the tone with two huge 3-pointers to begin the game, and it then became infectious. Game 4, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116, delivered a 12.6 metered market rating. Golden State leads 3-1 in the series as it shifts back to Oakland, Calif., for Game 5 on Monday night.
Cleveland: Staring at a series defeat and a loss of defending champion status at home, the Cleveland Cavaliers came up with a record-breaking attacking performance right from tip-off, helping it snatch a game and to extend the series in 2017 National Basketball Association finals. It will take another excellent performance from James and Irving for the Cavs to bounce back.
"I didn't hear it, but some of the other guys heard it and told me that that they wanted to celebrate on our floor once again and they wanted to spray champagne in our locker rooms, and I think it came from Draymond, which is OK, that's Dray anyway".
After a record-setting first quarter, the Cavaliers scored 86 points by halftime, setting a new record for points in a half during the Finals. Kyrie Irving was sensational again, hitting seven three-pointers and dumping in a game-high 40 points. "Green was goaded into taking six 3s (he made one) and attempted more shots than either Steph Curry or Klay Thompson, which the Cavs will live with for the rest of the series if they can manage it". With 35 points, Kevin Durant provided plenty of answers for the Warriors, just not enough to help his team dig out of a 24-point hole.
But that was just the beginning of the Internet firestorm that ensued as the Warriors' futile attempt at a comeback made for some entertaining situations, including Zaza Pachulia's taking a swipe at Iman Shumpert's lower region during a third-quarter scrum on the floor, reminiscent of Green's incident with LeBron James a year ago. "Not going to overreact to one".
When you're team is down 3-0 in the NBA Finals to one of the greatest teams in history, few things are more cocky than throwing the ball off the backboard to yourself and slamming it through the hoop. The Warriors have championship DNA, and we do as well.
"We have a great opportunity to give ourselves another opportunity to keep going", James said.
Through four games, the NBA Finals is averaging a total live audience (TV plus streaming) of 19.8 million, up 12% from past year and the most watched series since 1998. With the cameras rolling, Curry would surely say that none of this bothers him, but he's human and he's as competitive as James or Durant or anyone else. "Obviously, we haven't felt this feeling walking off the court with a loss in a while, but we have done a good job bouncing back and being resilient all year".
The third quarter was a rugged affair. There were technical fouls.
And then there was the Draymond Green technical foul fiasco. During a scrum in that same third quarter, Iman Shumpert and Pachulia were rolling on the floor after a loose ball. "So our mindset is try to go up there and get one".