The Boston Celtics looked to upset the Cavaliers in Cleveland once again to even up the series, but ultimately fell short and now find themselves down 1-3.
Avery Bradley and the Celtics started out hot in Game 4 and went into halftime with the 57-47 lead. Boston played a very good first half of basketball. It actually looked like they might run away with it in the second quarter, as they led by as many as 16 points and LeBron James had picked up his fourth foul with 6:46 left in the first half.
Bradley didn't have his best night, but was the leading scorer with 19, while shooting 7 for 19. Jae Crowder played solid basketball, finishing with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
In the second half, James didn't have a single foul as he put up 24 of his 34 points in the final two-quarters. This was obviously overshadowed by Kyrie Irving's ridiculous performance that absolutely crushed the Celtics. The Cavs' star guard put up a career-high 42 points, shooting 68.2%. Kevin Love had himself quite a good game, coming away with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
The Cavs played very close to perfect basketball to close out this Game 4. They ended up shooting a crazy 59.5% from the field. Once Cleveland got the lead in the third, they never looked back.
Irving carried the Cavs when James went out and he just got scorching hot and it felt like he didn't miss a single shot in this game. The Celtics could just not overcome Cleveland's flamethrower.
This game is nothing to be ashamed of if you're the Celtics. You played a close game for all 48 minutes even with Irving having an incredible game and with LeBron back to his normal self.
The only bad thing is that the Celtics might have waited just a little bit too long to start competing in the Eastern Conference Finals, as they now find themselves down in a 3-1 hole against the defending champs and in a 'win or go home' situation.
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Game 5 @ Boston - Thursday - 8:30 PM EST - TNT