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Cavs’ first-half outburst breaks multiple Finals records

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The Golden State Warriors lose just once en route to their second NBA title in three seasons. Take a look at their path to the championship.
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The Golden State Warriors lose just once en route to their second NBA title in three seasons. Take a look at their path to the championship.

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.

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