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LeBron, Cavs End Warriors Perfect Postseason Run in Game 4

Kevin Durant led Golden State with 35 points and Draymond Green had 16 points and 14 rebounds, but Steph Curry and Klay Thompson totaled 27 points and 8-for-24 shooting.

LeBron James set an NBA Finals record with his ninth triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers had the highest-scoring first half ever in the Finals while beating the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 to stave off elimination on Friday night. "We showed that tonight".

But we'll appreciate this game, because it was just. dumb. "You can take away the physical part of the game, but emotionally, that should be us, the players", Durant said of the sometimes overzealous officiating.

The Cavs played better in Game 2 than in Game 1, better in Game 3 than in Game 2 and then in Game 4 turned in one of the most dominating performances in National Basketball Association history to send the series back to Oakland on June 12 for Game 5 in Oracle Arena.

Kevin Durant scored 35 points but the Warriors could never slow down the Cavs and missed their chance for the NBA's first flawless postseason. If they were to continue the comeback, they would move towards being the first team to comeback and win a series down 3-0. Against the Warriors previous year, they became the first National Basketball Association team to erase a 3-1 deficit in the Finals and win the championship. Cleveland took Game 3 at home, lost Game 4 and then won the final three - Game 7 in Oakland - to capture the city's first sports championship since 1964.

As the final seconds ticked off, Cleveland fans chanted "Cavs in 7".

Coach Tyronn Lue, as he always does when he scents trouble, was smart with his timeouts. "But we'll go back and tee it up again".

Here are three things we learned from the Cavs' Game 4 win over the Warriors. Now, Golden State fans are holding their breath.

Coach Steve Kerr said his players aren't anxious about the past. Toss in 24 made threes, and it was an absurdly quick correction to the mean.

At the end of that marathon quarter, the Cavaliers had outscored the Warriors 29-28, the Warriors had out-technical-ed Cleveland 3-2, and it was 115-96 Cleveland heading into the fourth.

The Warriors tried to give themselves an emotional edge, but it backfired and led to more confusing technical fouls and delays in the game than anything.

A non-ejection for Draymond Green also caused some controversy in the third quarter.

At one point, it was announced that Green had been given his second technical foul, and security came onto the floor to usher the volatile forward to the locker room.

The referees said coach Steve Kerr received the technical in the first half, not Green.

The game saw seven technicals called, skirmishes, an apparent punch to the groin by Zaza Pachulia to Iman Shumpert that somehow, in this day and age of overzealous replay use avoided punishment.

With their crowd hanging on every dribble, pass and shot, the Cavaliers came out flying.

They did it staring elimination in the face and needing a ideal game to overcome the Warriors and they just about delivered the flawless game in a 137-116 win that extended an NBA Finals most had destined for a sweep. Fueled by the outburst, the Cavs went on a 12-2 run capped by a 3-pointer from Love and dunk by 36-year-old Richard Jefferson, who earlier in the day said he and his teammates would approach the 3-0 deficit like a marathon, "one step at a time". There have been two one-loss champions: the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers (15-1) and 1983 Philadelphia 76ers (12-1). "So I just told guys, I didn't stress anything besides just live in the moment". And that was my barometer.

"They're all right", Kerr said facetiously after his team's shootaround Friday morning. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317 points) and Jerry West (1,679 points) are ahead of him.