Irving hits 42 to lift Cavs past Celtics in Game 4

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 took over in the second half, while LeBron James added 34 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Irving stayed on the floor despite rolling his left ankle in the third quarter, when he scored 19 in less than five minutes, and James shook off early foul trouble as the Cavs opened a 3-1 lead in the series.

James had earlier been 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 had 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 strong performance, while James added nine points and, more importantly, didn’t pick up that fifth foul.

The defending NBA champions can wrap up their third straight conference title – and a ”three-match” against the Warriors – with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.

Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder 18 for Boston.