James, Irving shine as Cavaliers force Game 5 of NBA Finals

Cleveland wasn't quite as prolific as a team in the second quarter, but Irving was even better.

They will make the first unbeaten play-off run in National Basketball Association history with a victory in game four on Friday in Cleveland. And it's not as if he's incapable of putting a team on his back and taking them across the finish line.

But not because it would make a spiffy bookend to that 73-victory mark. Cleveland is in an 0-3 hole, and they haven't been able to keep the Warriors from scoring like insane once in this series. In fact, it sure sounds like he's very much in favor of loading up to win as much as possible - something he did himself playing with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat. It would be a great piece of history. "It's not in terms of 16-0 and what that means historically ..." Sort of like scaling Mt. Everest for the first time. They went on to win the championship, their first, in seven games.

This might not have been the most competitive NBA Finals to this point, however, you can't argue that it's not enormously entertaining whenever these two play one another. Irving was 5-for-8 on contested 3s and dazzled in his ability to get around the smothering defense of Klay Thompson that impeded him throughout the first two games.

The Cavaliers have other ideas.

The Warriors had swept their first three series and were 48 minutes away from a party they've been planning for a year.

The bucket not only put the Warriors up 114-113, but silenced a rowdy Cleveland crowd.

The Warriors' abilities - getting quick points on transition, setting the tempo of the game and to lean on its various weapons and depth - besides its best players Durant and Curry being in prime form have set them on course to avenge last year's loss to the Cavaliers.

CLEVELAND-His team stands on the precipice of accomplishing something never done in the history of North American professional sports, yet Steve Kerr is thinking about Mercury Morris.

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The game got chippy in the third quarter as James and Durant received double technical fouls after a heated exchange of words.

"We have championship DNA", said James, who broke Magic Johnson's record with his ninth triple-double in the Finals. "It's been a long season, and you hate for it to end this way".

The celebrating after Game 4 was done by Cavaliers fans, not Golden State players, their families or anyone else dressed in blue and gold who came looking for a historic party. But the Lakers lost Finals Game 1 to IN before ripping off four more wins.

"It just looks like he understands this is his moment, this is his time", Kerr said.

"Because it's a step in the right direction".

"We have a golden opportunity going home on Monday to close this thing out. We have got one more to go".

"I don't think about years from now".

"It was just every time we made a push, they would hit a timely shot and they were tough", Draymond Green said.

What's happened is the Warriors look like a team that could rule the league for many years. And maybe 16-0 hasn't been a real motivator so far. "But it won't be easy because closeout games are always the hardest".

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