Cavaliers avert sweep with wire-to-wire victory over Warriors
LeBron James and the Cavaliers extend the title series to a Game Five. AP

THE Cavaliers were quick out of the blocks and never let up, defeating the Golden State Warriors, 137-116, in Game Four to prevent a sweep in the NBA Finals on Friday in Cleveland (Saturday, Manila time).

The Big Three combined for 94 points for the Cavaliers, who scored the game’s first six points and never relinquished the lead.

Kyrie Irving came up with 40 points, while LeBron James delivered a triple-double of 31 points 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Kevin Love added 23 as the Cavaliers led by 22 in the second quarter en route to victory to extend the series and halt the Warriors’ postseason win run at 15 games.

Tristan Thompson also came up huge with 10 rebounds, five points and five assists.

The Warriors were looking to become the first to complete an unbeaten run to the title after sweeping past the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs.

They couldn’t pull it off against the Cavaliers, though, but they have a chance to clinch the title at home.

Game Five is on Monday in Oakland.

Kevin Durant continued to lead the way for the Warriors, scoring 35, but Steph Curry scored only 14 on 4 of 13 shooting, while Klay Thompson added 13, making 4 of 11 field goal attempts.

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