Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

The Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead with a 112-99 victory in Game 4 as point guard Kyrie Irving (42 points) and small forward LeBron James (34) scored at will. Cleveland looked in jeopardy of returning to Boston with the series tied before a torrid second half in which it outscored the Celtics 65-42.

James needed 28 points heading into the game to surpass Jordan, who had 5,987 points, and he reached the magic number late in the third quarter with a three-point jump shot. The Cavs set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity. "I wish I could say that he was". He quickly flashed one finger as he backpedaled down the court.

"He basically was just waiting for an opportunity to be able to blossom", James said. "That was my mindset. It's going to carry me for the rest of my career". But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader.

"This team is a insane team", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after Thursday's game.

"This team is a insane team". It wasn't just his dominance throughout the series, extending his impressive playoff performances. "So we got back together". "As of tonight, I'll get started".

As for the Celtics, they were lead by 23 from Avery Bradley, while Jae Crowder (11 points) was the only other starter to finish in double figures.

Kyrie Irving dominated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.

Just like every game in Boston during the Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5 started with a bang and ended before the dust settled.

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It's too early to proclaim that the Celtics are back in this thing, but if they win Game 4, which I will also be watching very closely, we might have a series on our hands. So it made sense that in Game 4, when they only turned the ball over three times in the first half, that they were sitting pretty with a ten-point lead.

Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks. The C's couldn't capitalize with James out, and when the third quarter rolled around, Kyrie Irving was ready to step up in a huge way.

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland. They had a minus-30 points-per-game differential at home in this series, the worst-ever point differential at home in a best-of-seven series.

After suffering a loss in Game 4, the Celtics fell 3-1 in the series.

-Before tipoff, there was a moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing that occurred on Monday.

The way they responded Tuesday night - particularly on the defensive end - is a good sign for their prospects of wrapping up their third straight Eastern Conference crown on Thursday.

Irving was quiet in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but he was unstoppable over the last four games against a Celtics team that boasts one of the better crews of perimeter defenders in the National Basketball Association with Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.

"We have guys who have chips on their shoulders", Boston coach Brad Stevens said. Those hip ailments then led to him being shut down for the remainder of the playoffs, following a Game 2 shellacking.

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