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Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics Jae Crowder during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Tuesday

Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics Jae Crowder during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Tuesday

After LeBron James picked up four fouls in the first half, the Celtics were in position to turn the tide of the series.

The Celtics, who are missing their best player, injured guard Isaiah Thomas, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and appeared primed to stun Cleveland again while James flirted with trouble.

Regardless, Lebron James has led his Cavaliers back to the promised land of the NBA Finals and only 4 games away from back-to-back championships in a once cursed city. The first one came on the opening possession of the second half, and it was awfully reminiscent of the Game 7 dagger over Curry. This was highlighted by his 42-point performance in Game 4, a contest where LeBron had four fouls in the first half for the first time in his career.

Kyrie Irving has 24 points, Kevin Love has 15 and Deron Williams has 14. They battled back and took Game 3 on Bradley's game-winning three and gave the Cavaliers another battle in Game 4.

Now it's time for the Celtics to reward their fans with an all-around effort, something they haven't done on their home floor very often this postseason (a dramatic Game 7 victory over the Wizards aside). "We can't go back to Boston tied 2-2". Jae Crowder added 18 points and eight rebounds.

They will face the Golden State Warriors, also for the third straight year, starting on June 1.

The combined 93 points produced by Irving, James and Love are the most they have amassed as a group and the second highest for a trio in team play-off history.

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The playoffs started out rocky as well, as the Cavs were a C.J. Miles jumper away from losing Game 1 at home to IN, then fell behind by 25 at halftime of Game 3 before rallying for a historic victory. The point guard scored 12 of the Cavs' last 14 points in the first half and then poured in a franchise playoff-record 21 in the third period, including an wonderful 19 in the final 4:48.

James finished with 35 points, eight assists and eight boards. "They had to kind of re-shape [without Thomas], and that's the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach, you're able to reshape what you do offensively and still have good rhythm", James said. We just kept fighting.

But they also showed how badly they need him. When I started playing the game, I was like 'If I'm not scoring the basketball how can I still make an impact on the game?' and that's carried me all the way to this point now.

"They were coming out and hitting us and they didn't care who we are".

Cavaliers: Irving scored 41 in Game 5 of last year's Finals.

If nothing else, Lue said their recent taste of adversity should help them remain humble heading into Game 5. "When we come into practice and everyone is locked in, true professionals, it makes the game a lot more fun".

"I told our guys we made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path of what we ultimately want to be".

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