Irving's 42, LeBron's 34 pushes Cavs past Celtics in Game 4

  • Irving's 42, LeBron's 34 pushes Cavs past Celtics in Game 4

Irving's 42, LeBron's 34 pushes Cavs past Celtics in Game 4

"He's a special talent", James said of Irving, who scored a playoff career-high 42 points in Wednesday's success. It was the first time in his 14-year career he had that many fouls in the first half.

Oh, and we have to include this one too.

"I don't think I've ever had four fouls in a game before in the first half, so my rhythm is kind of broken and you've got to figure out ways you can still help the team, and my team-mates said be aggressive, be you", he said. Kevin Love also contributed with 17 points and 17 assists in the win.

The win was huge for the Cavs, but maybe even bigger for LeBron James who had a disastrous Game 3. "You have two choices".

Bradley's shot from the left wing - off a play designed by coach Brad Stevens - bounced on the rim four times before going down.

Boston changed its whole offense and stiffened defensively after losing Thomas in Game 2. Would that be the single greatest accomplishment in the history of team sports in this country? "Cleveland deserves a lot of credit".

Then, Boston is expected to be a major player in free agency this summer, with Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward expected to be the Celtics' top target and, if that doesn't work, potentially someone like Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin. However, when his team needed him most, Irving delivered with one of the best performances of his career. It revved the sellout crowd of 20,562.

Irving had led a 17-point swing in the quarter. Crowder accounted for 11 of those points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field. Not only did the Celtics maintain the offensive and defensive pressure, but James also picked up his fourth personal at he 6:46 mark and was forced to the bench with the Cavs trailing, 43-33.

Asked about suffering his injury, Irving said, "My adrenaline is still going at this point, so I'm pretty sure when I get home my body will probably hate me, but it's the magnitude of the moment and what's at stake, and I wasn't coming out for any margin". It meant that they ended up with a playoff record of 15-1, because the first round was still best-of-five in those years. They came into our building and beat us in Game 3 and they had us down 16 in Game 4.

Dating to the 2009 playoffs, the Cavs have won 12 consecutive closeout games in the playoffs and can set an National Basketball Association record with their 13th straight victory on Thursday.

Irving then took over with his dominant 21-point third quarter. The Celtics as a team shot just 10-of-31 (32 percent) from three-point range.

During Tuesday's game, there was a sense of suspense that kept building throughout the third quarter of what highlight reel play he could possibly do next.

The third quarter did more than give the Cavs an 87-80 lead.