The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors locked horns in an explosive Game 4 on Friday, and Cleveland took the first step toward turning the highly anticipated NBA Finals “three-match” into a series worth the hype with a 137-116 victory to make the series 3-1.[LeBron] James logged a triple-double — 31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists — to overtake Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in Finals history, with nine. And with James’ first basket in the first quarter, he passed Michael Jordan for third on the all-time Finals scoring list.
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points on 15-for-27 shooting. Kevin Love pumped in 23 points. Tristan Thompson had nearly as many rebounds in Game 4 (10) as he had in Games 1-3 combined (11). JR Smith kept up his hot shooting from Game 3 with another strong night (15 points, including five 3s).
By the end, the Cavs set a record for most 3s in a Finals game, going 24-for-45 (53.3 percent). This after combining to go 31-for-104 on 3s in the first three games of the series.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Report: Chris Paul Out for Game 6 with Right Hamstring Strain
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will miss Saturday’s Game 6 of the Western Conference finals at Golden State with a right hamstring strain, the team announced Friday.
Paul will travel with the Rockets to Oakland, California, for the game, coach Mike D’Antoni said, and will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston.
“It’s obviously not something we wanted,” D’Antoni said before Friday’s practice. “I hate it for him above all. He’s practically won us the past two games. But it’s a great opportunity for other guys, and we have plenty to choose from. We’ll be ready.”
Report: Andre Iguodala Questionable for Game 6
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is considered questionable for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, the team said Friday.
Iguodala, who has missed Games 4 and 5, has a left lateral leg contusion. The Warriors host Game 6 on Saturday and are trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
“He’s dying to play, but he’s not healthy enough,” coach Steve Kerr said Thursday. “We’ll just continue to take it day-to-day.”
Ryan McDonough: ‘Overwhelming likelihood’ Suns Keep No. 1 Pick
Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said there’s an “overwhelming likelihood” that the team will keep its No. 1 overall pick and not trade it away.
McDonough made the comment Friday after the first of what will be many pre-draft workouts of players on the Suns’ practice court.
The leading candidates for that No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft almost certainly will be worked out privately, with the exception of Luka Doncic, the European sensation who still is playing in Spain.
Source: Associated Press via ESPN