James stars again as Cavs go 2-1 up

The Cavaliers megastar came up just short of registering his second consecutive triple double as he finished with 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to go along with four steals and two blocks. 

James came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and quickly began causing problems for the Warriors. The 30-year-old didn't miss a beat in the first half as he scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out three assists. 

With the Warriors trailing 44-37 at half-time, things went from bad to worse for them as James and Matthew Dellavedova, who scored 20 points, extended the Cavaliers' lead to 10 with just over eight minutes to go in the third quarter. 

With Dellevedova and James routinely knocking down long range bombs, the Warriors had a tough time keeping their heads above water, especially as all of the major players, with the exception of point guard Stephen Curry, were failing to fire. 

Upon seeing the Cavaliers' lead skyrocket to 20 with just under three minutes remaining, Curry, who had only made one three-point shot up to that point, began to heat up. 

However, without the support of his team-mates and with the Cavaliers refusing to take their foot off the gas, the Warriors found themselves down by 17 at the end of the third. 

Rather surprisingly, it was the Warriors who began the fourth quarter on a high as Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and David Lee all scored to trim the Cavaliers' lead down to eight with just under nine-and-a-half minutes left. 

With the Warriors continuing to eat into the healthy lead the Cavaliers had worked so hard to build, James hoisted his team on his shoulders and began to carry them towards the finish line. 

But, the Warriors refused to go down without a fight and found themselves trailing by one with just under three minutes remaining. 

While the Warriors would have been thinking about stunning the Cavaliers with an exception come-from-behind win, James was thinking about the exact opposite as he began to do everything. He scored quickly, feed the ball to his team-mates, who didn't let him down, and got to the charity stripe over and over again to put the Cavaliers back up by nine with 51 seconds left. 

The Warriors answered back with a small run of their own and managed to cut the lead down to three with just under 19 seconds to go, but it was too little too late as James sank both his free throws at the end to ensure the game didn't head into overtime and that the Cavaliers walked away with a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series.