Kevin Durant had been waiting his whole life to sink the three-pointer that lifted Golden State over Cleveland and put him on the brink of an National Basketball Association championship.
The second quarter featured more of the same as Cleveland set a Finals record with 86 first-half points, shooting 61 percent from the field. Golden State set the record with 18 - on Wednesday.
Four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant at this time past year was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LeBron James also made the record books, turning in his second triple-double of this series and his ninth overall in the Finals. "We showed that tonight. We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical", James said. Then, James and Kevin Durant, who led Golden State with 35 points, picked up double technical fouls for jawing at each other at center court, which had the entire crowd on its feet. Cleveland made a Finals-record 24 three-pointers. At the end, Cleveland fans chanted "Cavs in seven".
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was asked about the inconsistent officiating, but couldn't take the bait following a win.
Playing a huge part in the Cavs rebirth in this series was Cleveland's redemption at the three-point line.
For the losing side, Golden State shot 44.8 percent overall, but just 28.2 percent from three-point range.
Coach Steve Kerr said his players aren't anxious about the past.
"I don't think any thoughts or concerns about history", Kerr said.
The Cleveland players came roaring out of the gates, fueled not only by the fight to stay alive but also by the words they heard from the Warriors that they wanted to finish it off here, on the Cavs' own floor.More news: 'Bachelorette' Recap: Rachel Lindsay Faces DeMario Again - and Two Contestants Get Heated
The bad news doesn't end there for Golden State: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala all have two fouls apiece already. Draymond had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Steph finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Kevin Love made six 3-pointers and added 23 points and J.R. Smith knocked down five of Cleveland's 24 3-pointers, another Finals mark.
The Cavaliers still have plenty of work to do but they now trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven championship series - a deficit they overcame in last season's Finals. Can the Cavs keep shooting like that?
You are insane if you think that doesn't have an undue influence on the game, right Draymond Green?
There are at least two reasons the Warriors are much better equipped to do that. Pachulia and Shumpert each received a technical foul.
Curry smiled and went over to greet Beckham, a friend of LeBron James' who has worked out with the Cleveland superstar.
Most points in a quarter, 49 in the first, topping the Lakers' 47 points in a quarter against the Boston Celtics in the 1984 Finals. He played 21 minutes and was plus-10. The Cavs All-Star guard was able to break loose for 38 points. The Cavaliers led 29-13 and were 5 of 8 from 3-point range with 5:27 left in the first quarter. Whether he was dribbling circles around the defense to get into the paint or pulling up from three, there was no shot he did not like in game 4.
Within the Cavaliers locker room though there was no quit and they found a way to go toe-to-toe with one of he best scoring teams in National Basketball Association history and wound up bettering them. Irving was particularly displeased about the chatter from the Warriors about having a championship celebration in the Cavs' visitors' locker room for the second time in three seasons, and admitted it was a motivation for the team in Game 4.
When LeBron was whining about wanting someone on the team who could make plays I had no idea he was thinking of Mike Callahan & Marc Davis. And that was my barometer. After taking Cleveland's best shot in Game 3, a sweep felt inevitable. He trails just Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Griffin took over after Chris Grant was sacked in 2014 and has been responsible for overhauling a roster that is the highest paid in the league.