Draymond Green’s Mother Tweets ‘Officials Have Been Officially Paid’

Draymond Green‘s mother, Mary Babers-Green, accused officials in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night of being paid when it appeared her son had been ejected following an apparent second technical foul: 

Green, though, was not ejected. 

Following an officials huddle, it was determined the first-quarter technical foul initially assessed to Green should have been listed as a technical for head coach Steve Kerr. 

But as ABC’s Doris Burke reported (h/t USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt), the scorer’s table at Quicken Loans Arena said it was told the first technical foul had been called on Green. 

Because of the delayed clarification, Green was allowed to remain in the game after it seemed he was destined for an early trip to the showers. 

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LeBron James and Kevin Durant Exchange Words in 2nd Half of Game 4

LeBron James and Kevin Durant, arguably the two best players in today’s NBA, exchanged words with each other in the third quarter of Friday’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Kevin Love fouled Durant, who then argued to the officials he was hit in the head for a flagrant. James appeared to take umbrage with Durant discussing things with the refs, leading to the exchange.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN noted they received double technicals, while Love was charged with a flagrant one.

         

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Cavaliers and Warriors’ 154 Points in 1st Half of Game 4 Sets NBA Finals Record

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors set an NBA record Friday night when they combined to score 154 points in the first half of Game 4 to produce the highest-scoring half ever in a championship setting, according to USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt

The Cavaliers’ 86 points also represented the most by any team in a half of a Finals game. 

Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding provided staggering perspective regarding the offensive explosion: 

The Cavaliers were able to mount an 18-point halftime edge thanks to some sterling efficiency. All told, the Eastern Conference champions shot 60.0 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three over the game’s first 24 minutes. 

Furthermore, the Cavaliers drilled a Finals-record 13 threes in the first half, which represented more than they made in any of the series’ first three games, according to ESPN Stats & Info

The Warriors produced tidy stylings of their own thanks to 53.5 percent shooting from the field. However, they shot just 6-of-16 (33.3 percent) from three and committed nine turnovers during that stretch. 

 

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Cavaliers Set Finals Record for Points in a Half with 86 in 1st Half of Game 4

The Cleveland Cavaliers may trail the NBA Finals 3-0, but they set a record with 86 points in the first half of Friday’s Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena.

According to Ray Ratto of CSN Bay Area, the previous record for points in the first half of a Finals game was 79, set by the 1985 Boston Celtics against the Los Angeles Lakers. Per Micah Adams of ESPN Stats & Info (h/t Baxter Holmes of ESPN), the record for most points in any NBA Finals half was 81, set by the 1982 Philadelphia 76ers against the Lakers.

Ratto also noted the all-time playoff record for first-half points was 83, set by the 2003 Dallas Mavericks against the Sacramento Kings.

The lethal duo of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James was unstoppable for the Cavaliers on the way to the record.

Irving scored 28 points, while James put himself in position for a triple-double with 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds. It takes more than two players to score that many points, though, as Kevin Love added 17 and J.R. Smith drilled three triples for nine.

Cleveland shot a blistering 13-of-22 from downtown as a whole and torched Golden State’s perimeter defense. In turn, Irving had more driving lanes with defenders pressing on the outside shots, and he took full advantage with his lightning quickness and ball-handling.

The Cavaliers also set an NBA Finals record for a quarter with 49 points in the first, per NBA.com/Stats.

Were it not for Cleveland’s record performance, Golden State’s 68 points in the first half would have turned heads. The Warriors shot 53.5 percent from the field but couldn’t keep up with the Cavaliers’ unstoppable pace.

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Draymond Green Gets Technical Foul in Game 4 for Hitting Iman Shumpert in Face

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green picked up a technical foul in the first quarter of Friday night’s Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he struck Iman Shumpert in the face following a jump ball. 

The incident occurred with one minute, 54 seconds remaining in the opening frame of Game 4 with the Warriors trailing 37-27. 

The technical was Green’s fourth of the postseason, meaning he’s still three away from an automatic one-game suspension. 

While he still has plenty of wiggle room, Green has now picked up technicals in back-to-back games. 

In Game 3, Green was whistled for a technical foul when he argued with referee Monty McCutchen over foul calls and non-calls he took issue with. 

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Cavaliers Set NBA Finals Record with 49 Points in 1st Quarter of Game 4

The Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA Finals record for the most points scored in a quarter Friday night when they poured in 49 over the course of the game’s first 12 minutes against the Golden State Warriors

In a 3-0 series hole entering Game 4, the Cavaliers erupted with easily their most efficient frame of the series to date as they shot 58.3 percent from the field and from three in the opening frame. 

Kevin Love (14 points) and Kyrie Irving (11 points) led the scoring charge, while LeBron James nearly got halfway to a triple-double in the historic period with eight points, six assists and four rebounds. 

      

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LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan as All-Time NBA Finals Free-Throw Leader

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James didn’t waste much time surpassing Michael Jordan in another statistical category Friday.

According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, in the first quarter of Game 4, James became the all-time made free-throw leader in NBA Finals history, passing Jordan in the process.

James passed Jordan in another category Friday as well. ESPN noted the Cavaliers forward moved into third place on the all-time NBA Finals scoring list, behind only Jerry West (1,679 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317):

He also passed Jordan as the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics:

Jordan is widely considered the greatest player in NBA history, but James’ place among the all-time greats is secured. Even though he has just three titles to Jordan’s six, the King continues to pass the former Chicago Bulls great in a number of individual categories in these playoffs.

The free-throw record is a nod to his ability to drive through the lane and absorb contact, and he will likely have more Finals games to add to the mark given recent history. This is the seventh straight season James has been on the Eastern Conference representative in the Finals, and the Cavaliers lost just one game in the East playoffs before the series with Golden State.

Even if Cleveland can’t overcome a 3-0 deficit against the Warriors, it is positioned to challenge for another spot in the Finals next year, giving James a chance to bolster his record.

 

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