Comeback Cavs end Warriors perfect postseason in Game 4

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Golden State's flawless postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles.

Last year, the Cavaliers won their first title in franchise history.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors locked horns in an explosive Game 4 on Friday, and Cleveland took the first step toward turning the highly anticipated NBA Finals "three-match" into a series worth the hype with a 137-116 victory to make the series 3-1. "We showed that tonight".

"We've got a championship pedigree, too", James said immediately after the game. "We haven't shot the ball well".

According to Mike Beuoy, Cleveland had a win probability of 90.5 percent after the miss, which led to seven unanswered points by Golden State after Kyle Korver, Kyrie Irving and James missed thier next three shots - all jumpers. 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.

Cavaliers fans were chanting, "Cavs in 7" in the final minutes.

"You know, you hear some chatter going on throughout the Warriors locker room in terms of them trying to end it (in Cleveland)", Irving said. "We have a great opportunity to give ourself another opportunity to keep going".

Love, James, Irving combined for only one less point in the first half than the entire Warriors squad.

James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the National Basketball Association has seen before.

Hitting back on Friday, Warriors head coach Kerr is exhausted of the claims. "I thought JR (Smith) got going and Richard Jefferson gave them good minutes, and it was a great team effort for Cleveland".

Unable to score and watching haplessly as Kevin Durant nailed a dagger three-pointer, the Cleveland Cavaliers had their hearts broken in the closing moments of Game 3.

Cleveland put up numbers normally reserved for the NBA All-Star Game. They led at the 86-68 at the half, the highest scoring half in an NBA Finals game.

Then in that third quarter, while arguing another foul, Green was hit with a second technical, which is an automatic ejection.

A physical third quarter featured five of the game's seven technical fouls, two from heated talk between Durant and James after Love fouled Durant, another on Green that appeared to see him ejected before it was revealed that an earlier technical on him had instead been issued to Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Later, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in a pileup of players in the foul lane and he delivered two swipes to Iman Shumpert's groin area as the referees tried to get control.

One day after Cleveland plunged into a 3-0 hole following a demoralizing 118-113 loss in Game 3, James said he didn't have a problem with Durant tilting the balance of power by joining forces with a star-studded team that already had Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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