Irving, James turn the tables on Celtics with comeback of their own

With James saddled with four first-half fouls for the first time in his career and the Cavaliers staring a second straight shocking home loss to the Celtics in the face, Irving took over with 21 of his playoff career-high 42 points in an awesome third-quarter display to lead the Cavaliers to a 112-99 win in Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Can we have our King back?

"We knew going into halftime that we hadn't played our best basketball, so it was a conscious choice that we had to make on our end: How bad did we want it?"

Boston did well to build their lead, and they even made brief spurts to stay within striking distance down the stretch, but the random three-pointers they got in Game 3 did not fall on this night, as the top seeds went just 10-31 from downtown, including 1-7 from leading scorer Avery Bradley, who recorded 19 points. But Kevin (Love, 28 points) and Kyrie (Irving, 29 points) had it going early and they played well, so it kind of got him out of rhythm a little bit in that first half.

But now James will have to be tired about taking to the basket and being aggressive knowing that he is in major foul trouble. Jae Crowder added 18 and Al Horford 16. At that precise moment, the Celtics had outscored the Cavs, 105-64, since trailing 77-56 midway through the third quarter of Game 3.

Irving, who has had a history of injuries, said he's rolled his ankle enough times to know when it's serious. "I'm pretty sure I'll be sore when I get home". After getting called for a highly questionable third personal foul on a touch foul of Marcus Smart shooting a three with 8:55 left in the second quarter.

Celtics: Thomas spoke to coach Brad Stevens and told him that he has visited one hip specialist and plans to see more before it's decided if he needs surgery. Stevens started Kelly Olynyk, who had 15 points. They're 5-4 in the postseason so far. Cleveland improved to 35-5 against Eastern teams in the playoffs since 2015. J.R. Smith, on the day his family brought their daughter, Dakota, home from the hospital for the first time since she was delivered prematurely in January, scored five points on two momentum-boosting plays in a tip dunk and 3-pointer. "We Walked In Together We Walked Out Together!"

In the first two games this series, the Cavs reserves averaged 27.5 points.

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