LeBron James scored 41 points for the second game in a row and Kyrie Irving bagged 23 as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Golden State 115-101 Thursday to take the NBA Finals to a decider.
James delivered another outstanding performance as the Cavs saved their season for the second time in four days. They will now head to Oakland on Sunday looking to make history.
Should the Cavs win Game 7 they will become the first ever team to come back from 3-1 down in the NBA Finals. A win would also give Cleveland its first major sports title since 1964.
The Cavs started strongly, leading 31-11 after the first quarter, and never looked back, as the Warriors struggled.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 17, 2016
Down from the tip-off Golden State, playing without injured center Andrew Bogut, briefly threatened to make a game of it in the third quarter with a 25-10 run to pull within nine points at 80-71, but it wasn’t to be.
James finished with 41 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and three blocks while Irving added another 23 points.
For the Warriors, Steph Curry added 30 points before he was fouled out in the fourth quarter. The decision, the first time Curry had been fouled out since December 2013, saw the Warriors star lose his temper and hurl his mouth guard into the crowd.
Looking forward to Sunday and the chance to make history, James called Game 7 “the two best words ever.”