James, Irving keep Cavs alive

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving stole the spotlight as the Cleveland Cavaliers hammered the Golden State Warriors 112-97 to reduce their NBA Finals series deficit to 3-2.

Facing a do-or-die situation, the Cavaliers needed to beat the Warriors on home soil to keep their hopes of becoming NBA champions alive.

James and Irving spearheaded the Cavaliers’ sensational performance on Monday as they combined to score an incredible 82 points in what was a battle of the ‘dynamic duos.’

James scored 41 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and fell three assists shy of a triple-double, while Irving finished with 41 points, three rebounds and six assists.

Klay Thompson was the Warriors’ top scorer with 37 points on 11 of 20 shooting, while Curry dropped 25 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

The Warriors, who were without power forward Draymond Green after he was suspended for allegedly striking James in the groin in Game 4 on Friday, will have the opportunity to finish off the Cavaliers and retain their title in Thursday’s Game 6.