Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

Cleveland, stunned by Boston in Game 3 after romping two blowout wins in the opening two games of the Eastern Conference series, looked to be heading for another shock as the Celtics dominated the first half.

The Celtics held a 57-47 half-time lead, but the Cavaliers came out of the break on fire.

The Celtics saw a different team emerge from the locker room in the third quarter, however, and the Wine and Gold - namely Kyrie Irving - were all business over the final 24 minutes.

As the Cavaliers and Golden State prepare to meet in the NBA Finals for the third straight year, the Warriors are the prohibitive favourites.

Curry said he does not want the Cavaliers, led by Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, to have any fun in June.

"We understand the goal out here and we want to accomplish something bigger than ourselves". Jae Crowder finished with 18 points while Al Horford chipped in with 16 to go with a game-high seven assists.

Notes: Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 at San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with a bruised right heel, is back going through full practices in preparation to play in his first career Finals.

James also shook off his shaky start to rebound from a 11-point display in Sunday's game-three loss.

On the next trip down the floor, Irving pulled up for and buried his second triple of the quarter, and that gave the Cavaliers an 83-63 lead over the Celtics with 10:15 to play in the period.

But it was Irving who was the undeniable star of the show for his spellbinding third quarter masterpiece that transformed the game.

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LeBron James called the Warriors a "juggernaut", and Green said "there's always a mutual respect".

"Coming out of halftime I just wanted to be aggressive, lead my guys and leave it all out there on the floor", Irving said.

"I'm just happy and blessed that when I chose to come back that I was able to help him blossom, I guess, because he gets to play in games that he's always been built for". "I was happy to sit back and watch him".

Love meanwhile revealed that the Cavaliers had not panicked at half-time when they trailed by 10.

"They are a really good team, we have a ton of respect for them", Cavs guard Kyle Korver said. It's tough for me to say that is the case. They didn't shoot particularly well from the field - Marcus Smart's shooting, as expected, came back to earth - but the Celtics were 19-for-20 from the line and scored at a solid rate, especially when you consider that they were missing their leading scorer.

Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love wants to remind people who the defending National Basketball Association champions are.

"We need to hit adversity in order to grow", Irving said.

After Love scored back-to-back buckets, Swish drained a bomb to get Cleveland to within three, 69-66.

The second quarter offered little relief for Boston.

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