Irving's 42 carry Cavs to win, 3-1 lead over Celtics

The Cavs, meanwhile, wouldn't be on the cusp of the Finals without Irving.

The win gives Cleveland a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and leaves them firmly on track for a third consecutive NBA Finals showdown against the Golden State Warriors.

"The importance of a Game 4, especially the way we came out in Game 3, you know, in the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, 'They can not tie up this series".

"In the back of my mind, I thought, 'They can't tie up the series,". The 93 points produced together by Irving, James and Love are the most they have amassed as a group and the second highest for a trio in team playoff history.

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Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder 18 for Boston.

The visitors opened the game very well, and after 12 minutes they had 10 point lead. The circumstances were different and the primary author of the comeback was Irving instead of James, but Cleveland fighting back from 16 down was in some ways reminiscent of the 26-point halftime deficit the Cavs erased in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.

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.

He did just that, finishing with 34 points which included 15 in the fourth quarter. "We needed everything tonight." said Kyrie Irving who scored his career-high in playoffs with 42 points.

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"I think he was the difference", Brown said. "The ones we gotta look at are the ones he got at the rim". "We should be a lot better in Game 5". He also sustained a strained left thigh in the third quarter but returned to the game. In the second half, they shot 27 of 38 (71.1 percent) from the field. So they had to kind of reshape, and that's the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach. "They were unbelievable. Irving was incredible at the end of the third, and then obviously LeBron had all those baskets in the fourth". We were really good defensively.

"We played as well as we'd played in the entire playoffs in the first half and then for various reasons that didn't happen in the second half". But that's what great teams do. But they deserve credit. "Those two guys were incredible".

Celtics: Thomas spoke to coach Brad Stevens and told him that he has visited one hip specialist and plans to see more before it's decided if he needs surgery.

"The kid is special", James said. Stevens started Kelly Olynyk, who had 15 points. The Celtics lost Game 2 by 44 points, the fourth-largest point differential for a road team in a playoff game. J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, brought their daughter home after more than five months in the hospital following her premature birth. She was born almost five months early.

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