Cavaliers set franchise record, score 75 points in first half vs. Celtics

  • Cavaliers set franchise record, score 75 points in first half vs. Celtics

Cavaliers set franchise record, score 75 points in first half vs. Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet. The Celtics didn't either.

Coach Tyronn Lue said they've gotten tighter this season.

June 19, 2016 - Finals - The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Golden State Warriors with a series win, 4-3.

There are a handful of important things we can learn from Game 4.

Irving had led a 17-point swing in the quarter.

The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 10-point deficit and LeBron James' early foul trouble on Tuesday night to beat the Boston Celtics, thanks largely to the play of superstar guard Kyrie Irving. Sixteen of his points came in the final 3:48 of the third.

"The importance of a Game 4 - especially the way we came out in Game 3 - you know, in the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, "We cannot-they can not tie up this series", said Irving.

No, not Isaiah Thomas, the injured Celtics dynamo whom many of you insisted rather parochially in a reader-response question a few days ago that you wouldn't trade for Irving. Nothing was keeping him out. Coach Brad Stevens said no decision had been made yet on whether Thomas would undergo an operation but reiterated that the guard is out for the remainder of the playoffs. "I'm not sure there are good choices". "He was able to get by us and make tough shots in the paint. The ones we gotta look at are the ones he got at the rim".

The result: Boston Celtics 102 (Avery Bradley 23, Gerald Green 14, Jae Crowder 11, Terry Rozier 10) lost to Cleveland Cavaliers 135 (LeBron James 35, Kyrie Irving 24, Kevin Love 15, Deron Williams 14). It'll go down as one of the great performances in Eastern Conference Finals history: 42 points on just 22 shots, including 19 points in a five minute span in the 3rd quarter when the Cavs wrested the lead away from the Celtics and pulled away for a 112-99 win. She was born almost five months early.

A performance like this was necessary for the Cavs in this game, as the Celtics thoroughly outplayed the Cavs in the first half, and when LeBron picked up his fourth foul midway through the second quarter, the Cavs' prospects of a potential comeback were getting slimmer and slimmer.

Irving re-emerged after halftime for 21 points in the third quarter.

Thomas had his front tooth knocked out in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against Washington, but it was a lingering hip injury he aggravated later in the series against the Wizards that would end his season prematurely. The Warriors opened as seven-point favorites to win Game 1 at home over the Cavs. They're 5-4 in the postseason so far. No sooner had last week's wild draft lottery dropped off the radar of the league's devoted UFO spotters ("Lemme guess: Boston goes first, then Lakers at No. 2?) up popped Game 3 Sunday between the Celtics and Cavaliers". Smith posted photos on his Instagram account of the couple leaving Hillcrest Hospital with their baby in a stroller. To the shock of most who have been following the playoffs, Game 3 became much more than a cliché.