CLEVELAND– LeBron James set a new NBA Finals record for triple-doubles Friday night.
The Cavaliers beat the Warriors in Game 4, 137-116.
Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith put up a few quick points to give the Cavs the lead early in the first. Kevin Love was three for four on three-pointers in the first.
With his first basket of the night, James passed Michael Jordan (1,176) for third-most career NBA Finals points. After one quarter, the Cavaliers lead, 49-33.
The Cavaliers saw their lead climb to 20 in the second quarter, thanks in part, to this huge three from Smith. At the half, it was 86-68. Irving put up 28 of those points.
Tension escalated in the third as James and Kevin Durant were both assessed technical fouls. Minutes later, Kevin Love was given a flagrant. More technicals went to Iman Shumpert and Zaza Pachulia.
The fouls continued in the final quarter, but so did Irving’s amazing game.
Kyrie had 40 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while LeBron added 31 points.
LeBron also managed to overtake Magic Johnson with the most NBA Finals triple-doubles at nine.
Game 5 is Monday night in Oakland.