CLEVELAND– For the first time this postseason, the Cavaliers lost at home.
The Golden State Warriors won, 108-97, bringing the series to 3-1. Game 5 of the NBA Finals is Monday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
At the end of the first quarter, Kyrie Irving lead the Cavs with 9 points, while Tristan Thompson had 8. LeBron James only put up 2.
They picked up the pace in the second quarter, but fouls were an issue for both teams. Irving added 7 more and James added 5. Cleveland leads the Warriors at halftime, 55-50.
Kevin Love, who was cleared to play less than an hour before tipoff, had 7 points off the bench in the first half.
A few threes from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson cut Cleveland’s lead. The Cavs trailed by 2 points after three quarters.
The foul trouble continued as pushing and shoving broke out between James and Golden State’s Draymond Green.
Irving had 34 total points. James came close to a triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.
On Wednesday night, the Cavs beat Golden State, 120-90. James and Irving combined for 62 while J.R. Smith added 20.
Richard Jefferson started in place for the injured Kevin Love, who was placed in the league’s concussion protocol.