Cleveland has a first half for the record books


Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving reacts in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has put together the highest-scoring half of any NBA Finals game.

It has been a staggering display by the Cavaliers, who lead Golden State 86-68 at halftime of game four on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Not only is it the highest-scoring Finals half ever — previous record, 81 by Philadelphia against the Lakers in the second half on June 6, 1982 — but it’s the No. 2 scoring half ever in a playoff game.

Milwaukee scored 87 in the second half against Denver on April 23, 1978.

The Cavs have made 13 three-pointers. Kyrie Irving has 28 points, LeBron James has 22 and Kevin Love 17 for the Cavs.

Kevin Durant has 22 to lead Golden State.

The only other time in the last 50 years a team scored 68 points and was down by this much at halftime was in 1970, when the San Diego Rockets trailed the Cincinnati Royals 89-70 at the break.

It is the fifth time this season that a team had 80 or more at halftime. Cleveland had 81 points at halftime against Portland on Nov. 23. Brooklyn also dropped 81 in the first two quarters against Philadelphia on April 4, and Golden State had 80 at the break twice — against the Lakers on Nov. 23 and Indiana on Dec. 5.

Earlier in the game, Cleveland also set an NBA Finals record with 49 points in the first quarter.

The record for any Finals quarter was 47, done by the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter against Boston on June 3, 1984. The previous record for a first quarter was 43 — set twice in the 1967 Finals by Philadelphia, against the San Francisco Warriors.

The Cavs had a chance for 50 in the quarter when LeBron James went to the line with 2.9 seconds left, but he came up way short on the first. It could have been worse: The Cavs missed eight free throws in the quarter.

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