Irving's 42, LeBron's 34 pushes Cavs past Celtics in Game 4

May 26, 2017, 11:00

Al Horford controls the ball against LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of Game Three of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cavs, who had won all 11 of their previous games, were on course for a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference final, until a late comeback from the Celtics culminated in Avery Bradley's shot from distance bouncing in at the fourth attempt with a 10th of a second remaining.

"We knew that Friday was a (44)-point disaster, worth one (game). I just wish he was here". The bench got involved, scoring 32 points while the Cav's bench only came up with nine. The Celtics will try to pick up another big upset in Game 4 facing the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. They played a helluva game and they took it to us and we weren't able to stop the runs that they made, the momentum that they (built).

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue chuckled before the game when he was asked if he planned to say anything to James following his sub-standard performance in Game 3.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said though he's disappointed with how the season ended, he's encouraged that no one in Boston's locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals. James is still averaging 26.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists for the series, and the Cavs still have a 2-1 lead. "We've got to be a lot better for sure". "We have a great game plan and we look forward to the matchup". "But one of my first text messages I got (after the game) was from Isaiah".

And his record in those games during the regular season was 10-3. "I mean, LeBron James understands how to play the game and he understands what this (Cleveland) team needs from him".

But James went just 4 of 13 from the field, missing all four 3-pointers. "But we know we're capable of winning without him, and I think that ticked a lot of guys off, it being all about him".

And it was an uncharacteristically passive performance by James, who had scored at least 30 in eight straight playoff games and imposed his will on the overmatched Celtics in the series' first two games. J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, brought their daughter home after more than five months in the hospital following her premature birth. "We can't go back to Boston tied 2-2". As they've continued to play and play better and better and better, they've just risen in their games and with our team. Game 5, which once seemed like it wouldn't be necessary, is now certain to happen at TD Garden Thursday night.

LeBron James scored 12 points (car crash sound effect) and was scoreless in the fourth quarter - never seeming to be engaged in this one. They allowed offensive rebounds, played poor perimeter defense, and committed turnovers - all unusual things for this Cavaliers squad. Let us regroup and all the narrative and everything that was going on, let's regroup and let's get back to playing desperate basketball, which they did tonight.

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