The Cleveland Cavaliers have forced the 2016 NBA Finals to a Game Seven Climax.
LeBron James scored 41 points in two straight games and Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the 115-101 Cleveland victory.
“It’s LeBron being LeBron, ” remarked Cavs head coach, Tyronn Lue. “He’s one of the greatest of all-time. Our back was against the wall and he took it upon himself, him and Kyrie, they put us on their backs. They’ve got us to where we wanted to be — and that’s Game Seven.”
James had 41 on 16-27 shooting from the field, 50 percent shooting from three point land, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out 11 assists and added four steals and three blocks defensively.
Irving followed up his 41 Game Five performance with 23 points in Game Six. He also added two steals and two blocks.
J.R. Smith added 14 points, knocked down four three pointers, and added three steals defensively. Tristan Thompson scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds on top of staunch defense against the Golden State back court in pick and roll situations.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson struggled for Golden State, who will host the Cavaliers in Oakland for Game Seven on Sunday.
Although the “Splash Brothers” combined for 55 points, they shot a woeful 17 for 41 from the field and a surprising 9 for 23 from three point land.
Harrison Barnes went zero for eight from the field and has gone two for twenty two in his last two games for the Warriors.
The Cavaliers led the first quarter 31-11 and led as much as 22 twice in the game, but both times the Warriors cut the lead to single digits both times.