A hot-shooting Warriors team has taken out Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning 108-97 in a hard fought encounter.
But the Cavaliers will feel they were hard done by, considering they led for the majority of the game despite strong performances from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Kyrie Irving led the team with 34 points on 50% shooting while Tristan Thompson grabbed six offensive rebounds.
Everything was going right for the Cavs as they finished the first half on a 8-2 run, securing a 50-55 lead at halftime.
That is, until they started playing isolation basketball.
Once the Cavs went down by six in the fourth quarter, Kyrie Irving and LeBron took turns taking on the entire Warriors defence, something not even the legendary Michael Jordan would’ve even thought to attempt.
It begs the question, why did the Cavs stray from what was working for them in the first place?
The ball movement in the first half was excellent, LeBron wasn’t forced to take on an excessive offensive load and Kevin Love had a significant impact off the bench.
But from there it all crumbled.
The Warriors reverted back to their championship self, outscoring the Cavs 58-42 in the second half alone.
No team in NBA history has come down from 3-1 finals deficit and with the way the Cavaliers are playing, it doesn’t look likely to happen this year.
Game 5 is on Tuesday morning in Oakland.