NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers deny Golden State Warriors historic series win

LeBron James
LeBron James added 31 points to team-mate Kyrie Irving's haul of 40 as the Cavs took their first win of the series

Cleveland Cavaliers kept alive their NBA Finals hopes as they denied Golden State Warriors the win they needed for a historic series victory in game four.

Defending champions Cleveland scored a finals record 86 first-half points as they won 137-116, with the Warriors now leading the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Golden State were bidding for a perfect run of 16 wins from 16 in the play-offs - a feat never achieved before.

But Kyrie Irving and LeBron James shone as the Cavs forced a fifth game.

Irving scored 40 points while James added 31 to end Golden State's remarkable run of consecutive post-season victories. But the Warriors can still seal the championship at home on Monday (Tuesday, 02:00 BST).

"It was do-or-die. The job is still far from over," Irving said. "We're still in a hole. But this is a good start."

James added: "We have championship DNA as well. We showed that. We were in attack mode."

The Cavaliers won last year's series - also against Golden State - after trailing 3-1, and are now trying to become the first NBA team to recover from a 3-0 deficit.

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