June 19, 2016 - Finals - The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Golden State Warriors with a series win, 4-3. They lost the first two games at home in the first round against Chicago, then came back to win four in a row.
Cleveland's 75 first half points were the most in an National Basketball Association playoff game half since 2003 and gave them an 18-point cushion. "To lose Game 3 in the fashion that we did and the way that Boston challenged us continuously, we needed all that to propel us to this moment", Irving said.
King of Cleveland LeBron James has praised the likely successor to his throne after Kyrie Irving's record-breaking display in the Cavaliers' game-four win over Boston. "I'm a guy who always got happy and excited seeing my team successful, seeing my individual teammates be successful and that's how I felt in Game 4 with Kyrie [Irving] doing what he did".
"I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, but when you're growing up and seeing Michael Jordan it's nearly like a god, so I never did believe I could be Mike".
Cleveland's Big 3 combination of Irving, James and Kevin Love totaled 93 points, 25 rebounds and 15 assists during the game. Brown won the contest, and the $100 bet in the process, but the Warriors coach still won't let Lue give him the cash.
"This team is a insane team".
"We see that the team to get past is Cleveland, and right now we're not there", he said, per ESPN's Chris Forsberg. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". "As of tonight, I'll get started".
But they also showed how badly they need him. In all three games at TD Garden, Boston never had a lead. "You have these two MVPs in Steph Curry and Durant and add [Klay] Thompson, so there's three of the best scorers in the game". Especially, since some players hadn't met their expectations.
But the Celtics have the No. 1 pick in the draft, along with the salary cap space to sign a top free agent. As a team, the Celtics shot 44 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the three-point line as they took a 10-point lead going into halftime before fizzling out in the second half where they were outscored by 65-42.
All this time Brown never wanted the money he earned by beating Lue in a shooting contest when the Cavaliers coach was an National Basketball Association newcomer, yet Golden State's acting coach - who spent two stints leading Cleveland - joked how Lue can surely afford it these days.
"The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing", Lue said.