Cavaliers avoid elimination, beat Warriors in Game 4

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues with referee Marc Davis (8) during play against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James set an NBA Finals record with his ninth triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers had the highest-scoring first half ever in the Finals while beating the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 to stave off elimination on Friday night.

The Cavaliers had 86 points at halftime and led by 24 during a physical and at times poorly officiated game while handing the Warriors their first loss of the postseason.

James finished with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to move past Magic Johnson, while Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 40 points. Cleveland made 24 3-pointers.

Kevin Durant scored 35 points but the Warriors could never slow down the Cavs and missed their chance for the NBA’s first perfect postseason.

Golden State hosts Game 5 on Monday night.

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