History was to be made Friday night if the Warriors clean up the NBA Finals with a sweep. Aiming to become the first team to go 16-0 in the postseason the Warriors failed to make history. Game 5 would go to the Cleveland Cavaliers who are quite familiar with making history of their own in the 2016 NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and finished with a 49-point 1st quarter. It was another triple-double for LeBron James who finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. This would mark James’ 9th triple-double which he now has the most in NBA Finals history. LeBron passes Magic Johnson who had eight tripled-doubles in NBA Finals history.
Following up his Game 3 performance Kyrie Irving finished with 40 points (15-of-27 from the field), seven rebounds, and four assists. Kevin Love added 23 points for the Cavaliers on 6-of-8 shooting from the three-point line.
While Golden State did not set a new record in Game 4, the Cavaliers found themselves in the record books. The Cavaliers hit a record 24 three-point shots which is an NBA Finals record. By half-time the Cavaliers scored 86 points which also was a record high in the Finals.
Tristan Thompson was a concern as he struggled in the first three games. Game 4 Thompson would find his normal groove as he finished with five points, 10 rebounds, 4 which were on the offensive end. J.R. Smith delivered with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
The Warriors were led by Kevin Durant who finished with 35 points. Following up his triple-double performance in Game 3, Stephen Curry fell short of that effort by finishing with 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Curry would finish 4-of-13 from the field (2-of-9 from three).
Golden State shot an uncharacteristic 28-percent from the three-point line.
As the series shifts back to Golden State for Game 5, the Warriors find themselves in familar territory as last year’s Finals. A 3-1 lead against the defending champs this year.
Game 5 is in Golden State on Monday night. Tip-off is at 9 PM EST on ABC.