But the Warriors bench has been the difference through three quarters.
Golden State is experienced, too. Durant has 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Curry has 25 points.
The Cavaliers were second at 29 percent.
Even the best game of Green's life likely wouldn't earn him the Finals MVP award, but a strong performance on both ends of the court on Monday could go a long way in helping the Warriors win the title and vanquish their demons from 2016.
He's averaging 34.3 points in the Finals and has scored 30 in each game, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in their first nine Finals games.
A dominant, and tense, second quarter has the Golden State Warriors smelling a title.
They couldn't do it in this same situation previous year.
James shrugged off unbeaten runs and celebration talk and just kept his mind on the moment. It was listed as Green's technical in the box score, announced as such in the arena and believed to be an ejection during the TV broadcast.
In any event, the Cavs are still breathing, and it's now the Warriors who may be feeling the pressure after blowing a 3-1 lead last June. Tomorrow Game 5 will take place. Now Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and the Warriors have found the range.
The Warriors took their first meaningful lead at 45-43 with about seven minutes remaining in the first half. "Klay is going to continue to play the defense he's played, which is great defense".
Cavs guard J.R. Smith took issue with Lue's wording. But for Game 5, the focus is on Stephen Curry. Through their first three losses combined, the Cavaliers left 36 points unanswered for.
READ: Could The Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Kevin Love? In the first half of Game 4, Irving almost matched that number, tallying 14. But once the Finals arrived, with the "Dubs" looking for redemption against LeBron James and the Cavs, it was finally time for Durant to deliver.
Consider also two other players who have not been consistent. The Cavaliers won that game to start what became the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history. Now the Cavs have a chance to make it a series with a win Monday.
Irving added seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 40 minutes of action. The game's over/under will be 231 points for the complete game. He has to be more prepared to play through contact with his own physicality.
The Cavaliers and Warriors, who have tangled for three consecutive Junes, headed back to the West Coast on Saturday after Cleveland's record-setting 137-116 victory. Everyone is about to find out how good.
Earlier this week the Cleveland Cavaliers were trailing 0-3 in the finals against the Golden State Warriors. Even if this were true, the Warriors do not need social media remind them of what happened a year ago. Durant wants his first championship. Cleveland may not be receiving a thank you card from Golden State anytime soon, but they have an even better gift, a seat in Game 5.
Analysts and oddsmakers have estimated the chances of the Warriors finishing out the series, and things are looking up for the 2015 National Basketball Association champions despite a rout back at Cleveland. You need that. When we come out in the beginning of Game 4 and lose shooters and turn the ball over carelessly, we're obviously not ready. Especially me, because that taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor.
He was asked whether this might be the game the Warriors feel they must get. "It raises the bar, especially the attention that goes on with it", Irving said.
They practiced it several times as heads turned in Oracle Arena to watch and listen. He also said that the Cavaliers would win an National Basketball Association championship before James could get one with the Heat.
The average resale price of tickets for Game 5 was $1,731, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.