The Cleveland Cavaliers, after winning Game 4 of the NBA finals, say Game 5 against Golden State on Monday, June 12 is 'do or die,' the Warriors of whom are up in the finals series 3-1 for the best of a possible 7 games....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

Pictured are Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and Cavs megastars LeBron James (wearing headband) and Kyrie Irving

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- After winning Game 4 on Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, 137-116, an elimination round that, had they lost, would have sent the Cleveland Cavaliers packing, head coach Tyronn Lue and his Cavs team will play the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Mon, June 12 at 9 pm ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

 

The Game 4 win for the Cavs on their home turf at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland put a dent in the Warriors perfect post-season record.

 

Coach Lue said the fight is on.

 

"We are a tough team to beat," said Lue. "This is the results you get when we play our best."

 

But he did not sugarcoat the 3-1 games finals deficit, which mirrors that of last year against the Warriors when Cleveland ultimately brought home the championship, its first ever, Lue saying Friday that his team must, again, rise to the occasion.

 

Going into Game 4 the Cavs were down 3-0 in a series of the best of a possible seven games, and they came out fighting in what sports pundits are calling one of the greatest performances in NBA finals history.

 

Led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs shot 66.3 percent from the field, and garnered 49 points in just the first quarter, the latter an NBA finals record for the most points scored in a given quarter.

 

James finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and his ninth triple-double- a record that surpasses that of Magic Johnson, who has eight.

 

Irving led the  Cavs in scoring with 40 points, including seven three-pointers, and Kevin Love put up, 23, including six three- pointers,  the trio of James, Irving and Love scoring 94 points combined.

 

The Cavs shot 24-of-45 from three-point range.

 

The Cavs, no doubt, played an astounding game, also breaking NBA finals records for the most three pointers in the finals at 24, which broke the record set by the Warriors in Game 2, and the most points scored in a finals game with the 137 points win Friday night.

 

JR Smith got 15 points and Tristan Thompson had 5 assists and 10 rebounds, his best in rebounding to date for the finals series.

 

Irving told reporters after the game that  a lot is on the line.

 

"It's  do or die,"  said Irving. "We understand that."

 

An Akron, Ohio native, four-time NBA MVP, and the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year, James, 32,  echoed that sentiment.

 

'It's going to be tougher in Game 5 but we look forward to the challenge," said James

 

Kevin Durrant led the warriors in scoring with 35 points and Stephen Curry was held to 14 points,  going two-for-nine  on three-pointers, and four-for-13 overall.

 

Draymond Green led Golden State in rebounds, with 14.

 

Curry called his team's loss to Cleveland in Game 4 "just one of those games."

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