Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

But the Celtics stole Game 3 on Sunday night, changing the complexion of Game 4 at The Q. Cleveland struggled through the first half, trailing by as many as 16 points in the second quarter, before bouncing back with a vengeance after intermission, shooting 71 percent from the floor - with Kyrie Irving scoring 21 of his Playoff career-high 42 points in the third period.

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

James played in his 212th career postseason game on Thursday night, when the Cavaliers beat the Celtics 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the NBA Finals.

Irving's big third quarter was of course the main storyline of the game, with the star guard going nuts on Celtics defenders with a bevy of crossovers, twisting layups, and pull up 3-pointers. He had taken his post-season career points total to 5,995 by the time he took a seat for the entire fourth quarter - along with the rest of Cleveland's starters. Since 2009, the Cavs have won each of their last 12 potential series-clinching games, tying the longest such streak in NBA Playoff history (Lakers, 2000 to 2004).

But it meant little as Boston never led in any of their home games in the series.

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For Boston, guard Avery Bradley was the only player to get anything going, with most of his 23 points coming in the first half.

Love scored Cleveland's first eight points and finished the opening frame with 10 points and five rebounds.

LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are headed back to the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year's finals, set an National Basketball Association record in winning their 13th straight playoff series potential closeout game.

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