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Cavaliers top Warriors to stay alive in NBA finals

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors stares down Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James on Friday during Game 4 of the NBA final series at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers staved off NBA Finals elimination and ended the Golden State Warriors' shot at an unprecedented perfect run through the playoffs with a 137-116 win on Friday.

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 40 points as the defending champion Cavaliers pulled to within 3-1 and forced the best-of-seven series back to Oakland.

The Cavaliers, who beat the Warriors in a decisive seventh game last year after trailing 3-1, are now trying to become the first NBA team to rally back from a 3-0 series deficit.

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The top-seeded Warriors, who had won their first 15 games of the playoffs, will get another chance to close out the series in front of their home fans on Monday.

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