Cavaliers Down Celtics in Game 4 of Conference Finals

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 76 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers battled to a 112-99 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday to move within one game of a place in the NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics led by as many as 16 points, but Kyrie Irving's 23-point third quarter sparked a Cleveland Cavaliers comeback that the visiting squad could never match.

Imagine being down by 13 points and losing the best player in the world to his fourth foul before the second quarter of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals is even over. With James with four fouls and a ten point lead going into half-time, Boston fans had to feel good going into the last 24 minutes of the game.

But it was Irving who was the undeniable star of the show for his spellbinding third quarter masterpiece that transformed the game. Kevin Love added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Cavs, who are now 11-1 in the postseason. The Cavs shot 71 percent in the second half, but Lue was happier with his team's defense."We had to get more aggressive and more physical", said Lue. James had just 3 points in the second half and 11 points total in Boston's win Sunday night. If necessary, Game 6 will be back in Cleveland. And don't forget his classic Game 4 no-show against Dallas in the 2011 Finals, when he totaled just eight points. The play resulted in Boston guard Avery Bradley being all alone at the top of the three-point line with the ball. We know what we did wrong in Game 3.

Irving capped off Game 4 with this ridiculous drive to the basket.

Irving scored 12 points in the quarter with James on the bench to save Cleveland from a blowout. "And I hope we can continue to play with that chip on our shoulder and come out the same way next game". But they deserve credit. James came alive in the fourth and scored 15, of his 34 points, in the period.

Boston continued their effective play on offense, seemingly less predictable with Isaiah Thomas out with a hip injury. "We were playing way better". Cavs G J.R. Smith and his wife brought home from the hospital their baby daughter Dakota, who had been in a Cleveland-area NICU since her birth in January. For a guy who played great for five straight months, he's got to have a bad game sooner or later. He knew this would be the chance for the Celtics to decide their destiny against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.



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