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Social media reacts to Kyrie Irving, Cavs’ Game 4 win over Warriors in the NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving had a brilliant Game 4 of the NBA Finals, leading Cleveland to a win over Golden State
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving had a brilliant Game 4 of the NBA Finals, leading Cleveland to a win over Golden State AP

Game 4 of the NBA Finals will be remembered for a lot of things: seven technical fouls; LeBron James self-pass dunk and record ninth NBA Finals’ triple-double; Draymond Green’s technical that wasn’t; the hand-shaking-ejected-fan; and Cleveland’s outrageous 3-point shooting.

But the real reason the Cavs avoided being swept in the NBA Finals, was guard Kyrie Irving.

The former Duke Blue Devil was dominant all game, toasting multiple Warriors defender in isolation situations. He finished with 40 points in a 137-116 Cavs win.

Game 5 is Monday in Golden State and social media was electric.

Announcer Jeff Van Gundy addressed an issue in the first quarter that social media has been talking about all series, the Kardashian angle.

Speaking of the first quarter, it didn’t end until nearly 10 p.m. Cleveland scored a Finals record 49 points and shot 22 free throws. Former @theobserver reporter Jason Whitlock tweeted what a lot of folks were thinking.

In a career and season full of historic milestones, LeBron James hit another early in Game 4. And then another

The story of the first half was defense -- or lack of it. Golden State nearly scored 70 points in the first two quarters and still trailed by 18. And yes, Twitter noticed (put down your drink before clicking).

We interrupt this NBA-themed roundup to bring you the latest parody video from the King of NBA parody videos.

Enjoyed seeing TNT funnyman Shaquille O’Neal photobomb the ABC announce team (and while we’re discussing TNT, we really wish TNT and ABC could share announcers like TNT and CBS do on the NCAA Tournament. We need Kenny (Smith), Chuck (Barkley) and Shaq involved on the highlight coverage).

Even though Cleveland had a big lead, even early in the third quarter, some social media Cavs fans were still biting their collective nails -- remembering another major championship lead gone wrong.

Perhaps the highlight of a game full of them was a play where LeBron James threw the ball to himself off the backboard like Tracy McGrady in the NBA All-Star game.

And here’s T-Mac’s version.

Well, then again, the highlight of the game may’ve been the Draymond Green second technical that wasn’t a second technical and was actually charged to coach Steve Kerr in the first half.

At the end of the third quarter, Game 1 protoganist Rihanna was back.