The Cleveland Cavaliers star passed [Micahel] Jordan (1,176 points) with his first bucket in Game 4 on Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, an and-1 layup with 9:56 left in the first quarter.
Serenaded by chants of "Draymond sucks" by fans at Quicken Loans Arena during points in both Games 3 and 4, the mercurial Green took the opportunity to get back at them with the series headed back to Oakland for Monday's Game 5. As it stands though, the Warriors are just one win away from another NBA Championship and I just don't see the Cavs being able to beat the Warriors at the Oracle Arena where they lost by a combined 41 points in the first two games of the NBA Finals.
There doesn't seem to be anything that rattles them, so it should be no surprise that on the verge of being swept by a Warriors team James called a "juggernaut" and "beast" before the Finals began, Cleveland dug down deep again.
The wildly combative and fiery game had 51 personal fouls, seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul and a number of dust-ups.
"As an athlete, one of the best feelings is going into enemy territory and just silencing their crowd".
Green did get whistled for a technical foul in game four Friday for a flailing arm, what was momentarily thought to be an ejecting offense as a second technical. He was absolutely atrocious in the first few games, largely because of the multiple bodies the Warriors were throwing at him to neutralize his best attributes.
"We're in a great spot and now we have to capitalize", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "If I become an owner I'm going to try to sign everybody".
"I don't like it", a completely spent LeBron James said after the Cavs Game 4 win. It is going to be hard because the Warriors team is better than they were past year. But the Warriors had no answer for Kevin Love, James or Irving. Who knows, maybe the Spurs could have challenged the Warriors this season with Leonard, and if they add Chris Paul this offseason, they'd be even more unsafe. "Everything is accessible. Social media is everywhere", said Irving, who scored 40 points.More news: Trump causes rift on climate change at G7 conference
"Thank God I get to play on Monday", Green said. The Warriors ended the game on an 11-0 run.
"Believeland is not going to give up, and we're going to keep fighting", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
James rejoined the Cavaliers in 2014 determined to bring a championship to his home state and brought the team back to relevance after four consecutive losing seasons.
The Cavs were also well aware that in the final minutes of Game 3 that Stephen Curry stopped on the floor and squatted in what many perceived to be an insulting gesture. "It's part of the game, I understand that, but we knew what we were faced with".
"They make me feel good".
"Man, different team, man", Steph Curry said when asked if this series is setting up as a reminder of the 2016 Finals.
It's amusing that on a team full of superstars, with two generational talents in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and a premier two-way player in Klay Thompson, the engine that keeps the Warriors running is a chubby power forward who is one of the most volatile players in the National Basketball Association.
And it appears the league is looking into all the kerfuffles. There's no - you can't - we were just playing in the moment.
J.R. also had a tremendous game shooting the ball and being aggressive, including a 35 foot bomb late in the shot clock that kept the momentum from shifting to the Warriors.