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

Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown defends against Cleveland Cavaliers' Le Bron James during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Sunday

"Where you get so juiced up when you see a few shots going in and then you feel emotion kind of take over".

In a Game 4 matchup against the Boston Celtics where LeBron James faced unprecedented foul trouble that forced him to sit for much of the first half, Kyrie Irving was the king of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving piled on 21 points in the third period as Cleveland turned their 10-point half-time deficit into an 87-80 lead at the end of the third quarter.

"In the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, we can not - they can not tie up this series", Irving said.

"They had their way with us", Lue said.

Kevin Love was also sharp, posting a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Al Horford added 16 points and Kelly Olynyk finished with 15.

Another two free throws from Irving cut Boston's lead down to two points, 13-11, but following a dunk from James, the Celtics had an answer in the form of a 13-4 run over the next three minutes and increased their advantage to 26-15 with 2:11 to play in the quarter.

The Cavs won 112-99.

"Usually a coach doesn't allow a player to stay in the game after his third [foul]", Pluto says.

James scored 34 points in the Cavs' victory, his second highest scoring effort in the series thus far. The second half of Game 4, particularly the fourth quarter, was one of those times.

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The Celts received due credit for their epic comeback from 21 down for the 111-108 Game 3 triumph, but the hoop world beyond New England saw that as a gift from the Great Lakes. "In the second half, he commanded us to be better".

Bradley shot just 7 of 19 from the field.

It's a critical element they had seemingly squandered in the mire of a 44-point home loss in Game 2, but they found it here in Cleveland. He rolled it late in the third quarter of Game 4 when he stepped on Terry Rozier's foot.

For most of the first half the Cavs seemed to be waiting for LeBron to do something.

LeBron James is focused on future and not the past after the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a disappointing defeat against the Boston Celtics.

Some day, down the road, all of James' kingdom in Cleveland could be his, even if Irving is ready right now. "And the honest answer from me is that I can not give any energy to anything that people say would be best for the team or even sometimes what I think would be best".

"He did that. We put him in some good situations, isolation, where he's one of the best in the league and he produced for us. They've still got a lot of fighters", he said. "Those two guys were incredible".

Fighting to keep their season alive, the Celtics arent giving an inch despite playing without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who may need surgery on a hip injury. Coach Brad Stevens said no decision had been made yet on whether Thomas would undergo an operation but reiterated that the guard is out for the remainder of the playoffs.

He capped his blistering 19-point outburst with a 3-pointer in the final second of the quarter and celebrated at mid-court by pretending to put two pistols back in his holster. The Celtics used their third different starting lineup in four games against Cleveland. "Just come out, be aggressive, in attack mode like he has been over the last four or five months". Marcus Smart, who made just 28.3 percent of his three-pointers in the regular season, hit seven of his 10 shots from behind the arc.

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