Cavaliers bounce back to close in on Finals, rally to beat Celtics in Game Four
Kyrie Irving goes 15 for 22, delivering 42 points for Cleveland. AP

KYRIE Irving and provided the spark with LeBron James again getting off to a sluggish start, and the Cavaliers fought back from double digits down to beat the Boston Celtics, 112-99, on Tuesday in Cleveland (Wednesday, Manila time) to close in on the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers now hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, moving closer to another title showdown with the Western Conference champions Golden State Warriors, who had swept the San Antonio Spurs.

Irving delivered 21 of his 42 points in the third quarter as the Cavaliers, who trailed 15-26 early and were behind by as many as 16 in the first half, took charge and carried a seven-point lead into the fourth.

Kevin Love also came up with a fine performance with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Coming off an 11-point outing in a Game Three loss, James was expected to come out with guns blazing but instead got called for four fouls in the first 18 minutes.

He found his groove in the second half, however, helping the Cavaliers pull away late and finishing with 34 points.

No other Cleveland player scored in double figures, with Tristan Thompson delivering seven points and JR Smith and Iman Shumpert coming up with five each.

Game Five is on Thursday in Boston.

Avery Bradley scored 19, while Jae Crowder added 18 points for Boston.

Al Horford had 16 points and Kelly Olynyk delivered 15.

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