Boston Celtics Game 4 Recap: Mr. Buckets


Boston Celtics Game 4 Recap: Mr. Buckets

The Cavs had trailed by as many as 16 during that first half, showing numerous same issues that resulted in their stunning Sunday night loss.

Those missed shots, combined with a Kyrie Irving takeover in the third quarter, would prove to be part of the narrative for Game 4 - missed opportunities - as the Cavs rallied for a 112-99 Game 4 win. It was at that point that they went on a 37-19 run for the remainder of the period.

To cap it off, Irving drilled a deep 3-pointer to allow the Cavs to go from down 10 at the half to up by seven at the end of the third. Irving was down on the court and clutching his left ankle, but was able to stay in the game.

James finished the Celtics off by scoring 15 points in the final 12 minutes but it was Irving, who hit the biggest 3-pointer in franchise history last June, that pushed the Cavs within a win of a third straight conference title and trip to the NBA Finals.

"I've twisted my ankle so many times that plays like that, you have two choices, either you can sit there and kind of wallow in the sorrow of you twisting your ankle or capture the moment", Irving said.

Oh, and we have to include this one too.

James, determined to bounce back after a poor 11-point haul in Game 3, then steadied the Cleveland nerves in the fourth quarter, bringing the Cavaliers home for the win as Boston's fearless effort came up short. "You always come around when we lose, I swear".

The duo ended up combining for 76 points, with Irving racking up 42 points and four assists, the point total marking a playoff high for the six-year veteran.

Lue should have warned James to be careful, too, as the superstar picked up four fouls and spent the final 6:46 of the first half watching from the bench, unable to help his team. Ironically, when he returned for most of the second half, he wasn't whistled for any fouls.

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 disaster.