Kyrie Irving lifts Cavaliers to within one win of Finals rematch with Warriors

Kyrie Irving scored 21 of his 42 points in the third quarter Tuesday night, rallying the Cleveland Cavaliers to within one win of an NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors.

Irving led the Cavs to a 112-99 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, making nine of 10 shots in the third after a foul-plagued first half by LeBron James.

James was whistled for his fourth foul with almost seven minutes left in the first half, sending him to the bench. It was the first time James picked up a fourth foul in the first half in his career.

But the Cavs blitzed the Celts 40-23 in the third quarter behind Irving’s playoff career high, while James added 24 second-half points and, more importantly, didn’t pick up that fifth foul. James finished with 34 as the Cavs took a 3-1 series lead heading back to Boston.