In a must-win situation, Cleveland set no fewer than three NBA Finals scoring records in Game 4 on Friday – in the first half alone.
The Cavaliers owned an 86-68 halftime lead over the Warriors. Cleveland’s 86, and the combined tally of 154, both mark the highest point totals for a half in Finals history. The Cavs had 49 in the first quarter, also a Finals record.
Kyrie Irving scored 28, LeBron James scored 22 and Kevin Love had 17. The Cavaliers shot 22 free throw attempts in the first quarter alone.
Cleveland’s 13 made 3-pointers in the half also set a record for the Finals. The previous record was set all of two days ago, when the Warriors went deep 12 times during Game 3.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted a few more interesting statistics.
And, of course, fans were quick on Twitter to marvel at the Cavs’ scoring outburst, the Warriors’ defense (or lack thereof) and the officiating.