CLEVELAND – Game 4 of the NBA Finals went to the Warriors and they have now tied the series up 2-2. Game 5 will be back in Oakland on Sunday night. Final score was 103-82.
**Check out JT’s analysis in the video below**
No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals, so a win for the Warriors was essential in keeping their NBA Finals hope alive.
The Cavaliers took an early lead in the game, but their defense was not as strong as it had been in the last few games, allowing the Warriors to take a lead as big as 9 towards the end of the quarter. The quarter ended 31-24 in the Warriors favor.
Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry led the visitors with 22 points apiece as the Warriors fashioned a 15-point lead in the second quarter and managed to keep the Cavaliers in the deficit the rest of the way.
The Cavaliers continued to have difficulty finding an offensive flow. The Warriors connected and communicated much better than the Cavaliers.
LeBron James took a foul in the mid-second quarter, hitting his head on a camera near the sidelines as he slid out of bounds. His head was bleeding for a few minutes, but after trainers assisted him, he came right back to the game.
The Cavaliers couldn’t rally in the second quarter and went into halftime trailing the Warriors 54-42.
The third quarter was a high point for the Cavaliers, closing the Warrior lead to only 4 at one point, but that lead opened right back up in the fourth.
The Cavaliers struggled to keep up once again, allowing the Warriors to quickly increase the lead back to as much as 14.
LeBron, who had 123 points through Game 3, and Matthew Dellavedova, who had 20 points in Game 3, both struggled to make enough plays offensively throughout the game. There was definitely not the same rhythm during Game 4 as there was in previous few games.
The Cavaliers were outscored 27-12 in the fourth quarter.
After the game, Cavs Head Coach David Blatt said, “We are thinner. We won’t use it as an excuse. We have got to pick it up.” When speaking on Delly, Blatt said, “I don’t think he was 100 percent, but he gave us all he had,” referring to Matthew Dellavedova’s cramping and dehydration that led to the Cavs guard being hospitalized after the Cavs won Game 3 Tuesday night.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, when the NBA Finals series is tied at 1-1, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the series 84 percent of the time.
**Our PJ Ziegler will be heading back to Oakland for Game 5**
LeBron James has taken charge in this series, his 123 points through the first three games is the most ever in an NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers also have two historic wins. Game 2 was their first ever Finals win and Game 3 was their first ever Finals win at home.
Here is a look at the rest of the schedule:
Game 5: At Warriors on ABC, 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 14
Game 6: Warriors at Cavaliers on ABC, 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16
Game 7: At Warriors on ABC, 9 p.m. on Friday, June 19 (if necessary)
Read a blog below of coaches speaking before the game.