When that's the case, they can beat Golden State.
A number of storylines will carry over into the next matchup: will someone die on the court as a result of the Cavs' scrappy style of play? Green picked up what appeared to be his second technical foul in the third quarter, which should have led to his ejection.
"What this team has accomplished is remarkable", said Steve Kerr.
James, who has expressed a desire to own a team one day, cited the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s as examples of teams that spent for success. Will D-Will score more points?
Irving didn't get hugely different shots than he did in Games 1 and 2. He's averaging 34 points, 10.3 rebounds and six assists, shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from beyond the arc, and is making clutch shot after clutch shot. In Game 5 he was even better: a game high 40 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. And it was Andre Iguodala having the discipline and the nerve to strip James as he tried for a game-tying shot from the left corner.
James puts up solid numbers every night, but it's Irving's play that tends to tip the balance for Cleveland. The only team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, LeBron James and his buddies are basketball's high-wire, high-risk act with no net to break their fall.
The Cavs are great with or without Irving playing like Superman, but damn near unbeatable when the 25-year old PG lights it up.
"It would have (been special)", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.
The Warriors, leading the series 3-0, needed to win game four to clinch title glory and become the first ever side to go through the entire play-off campaign with a ideal record, but they came up against a Cavs team who were not ready to give up on their dream of retaining their crown.
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Prior to Game 3, the Warriors were 2-0 this postseason in games decided by 10 points or fewer. His point total was second only to Kevin Durant.
On Friday night, the Cavs turned anger over some comments made by Golden State's motor-mouthed forward Draymond Green into energy and their best performance this season. The Cavs made 13 3-pointers. It's not about one or the other, it's about both of them. A two-time MVP winner, the first unanimous victor in National Basketball Association history, made less money this year than 79 of his peers. Utilizing cap space to sign the best available talent is the name of the game, and he knows that.
Golden State still lead the best-of-seven title series 3-1 and can claim the trophy at home on Monday.
But it comes by recalling the pain of last year's finals.
Irving missed an off-balance 3-pointer and Durant and Curry each made two free throws on the next Golden State possessions to seal Cleveland's fate.
Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 35 points.
"It's The Finals", Tristan Thompson said.
Thompson's stout defense was absent in Game 4. If this thing goes back to Cleveland for a Game 6, Quicken Loans Arena, with the possibility of another Game 7 in sight, would register on the nearest Richter scale. But it's on hold and Golden State fans are holding their breath. The Cavaliers, if they want to somehow make history again, will need this version of Irving for three more games. We had all hoped for and anticipated an epic Finals series, likely going the full seven games. After the game, the Warriors were very clear: Durant wanted to seize his moment.
Either way, the fate of this series lies in the hands of these two super stars.