Cavaliers get physical to keep title hopes alive

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More than anything else, that humbling reality explains why the Cavaliers will head back to Oakland facing exceptionally long championship odds despite winning Game 4 in such convincing fashion. They had the high-flying Warriors in an 18-point deficit and had won every statistical category. The Cavaliers' 86 points at the half were a record, too. They don't figure to shoot as poorly again at home, nor should the Cavaliers expect to have a 39-point advantage from behind the arc.

Instead, we were treated to a shooting display for the ages. The Warriors did not shoot well, shooting 44.8 percent overall from the field, including 11-of-39 from beyond the arc, while letting the Cavaliers get open looks to the tune of 52.9 percent from the field and an National Basketball Association record 24 three-pointers in the game. It's the first time the same two teams have met in the Finals for three consecutive years. "You've got a freight train and a guy who's the best in the world playing downhill like that".

Cavaliers fans are going to be pointing at the eventual foul count being relatively even on this game, but that's not really the story.

Seven technical fouls and one flagrant foul were called in a game that started shortly after 9 p.m. ET and didn't end until after midnight.

Golden State is monstrous.

The most prominent official Friday night? The Cavs took a 6-0 lead in the first minute of the game with back-to-back threes from J.R Smith and Kyrie Irving and the Cavs would keep the lead the rest of the night.

"After that first quarter, they were only up, what, four points?"

"You hear some chatter going on throughout the Warriors locker room, in terms of them trying to end it here", Irving said. They were aggressive, but when everyone has two fouls, it's hard to match the physicality.

Such as when Thompson said, "We don't want to go back to the Bay to win it".

"Tristan Thompson came through huge for us tonight, he had 5 assists, 10 rebounds, that was the Tristan Thompson we know, he stepped up big for us", said Love.

So yeah. Tons of credit to the Cavaliers for not laying down.

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That first quarter had an outside-in effect.

Golden State's usually sharp-shooting offence was unable to find a rhythm all night and the Cavaliers never took their collective foot off the pedal and led by as many as 22 points late in the second quarter.

It will also helps to get some sizzling shooting moving forward, something Lue predicted before Friday's game. I've won one on the road.

The Cavaliers earned this win. He's got eight points, six assists and four rebounds already.

That was the lesson from Friday night in Game 4. "We have been getting these shots all series".

The Cavs were also well aware that in the final minutes of Game 3 that Stephen Curry stopped on the floor and squatted in what many perceived to be an insulting gesture. We're still a special team as well.

Wait.no, there's something wrong with that last line. but whatever. That was Game 4, and we couldn't have asked for anything more.

"Just one of those games".

Time to move on from this game, and I hope we can all agree that we are right where we need to be.

Later, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in a pileup of players and delivered two swipes to Iman Shumpert's groin area as the referees tried to get control.

They now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.