The Cleveland Cavaliers staved off elimination by the Warriors in a huge Game Six victory.
Behind herculean efforts from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who combined for 82 points, the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 112-97 and moved the series back to Cleveland where they hope to force a Game Seven.
LeBron James, who was booed every time he touched the ball, even in pre game workouts, scored 41 points on 16-30 shooting from the field and added 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and three blocks.
“We had a mindset that we wanted to come here and just extend our period and have another opportunity to fight for another day,” said James. “That was our main concern, and we were able to do that.”
Kyrie Irving also scored 41 points on 17-24 shooting from the field, joining legendary players such as Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Bird, and Wilt Chamberlain as players to shoot 70 percent and score 20 in a Finals game.
Irving also shot five of seven from three point range. He contributed six assists and added two steals and a block defensively.
“It’s probably one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen live,” James said of the night by Irving.
Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors, scoring 37 points and hitting six threes in the game.
The absence of their suspended Golden State forward, Draymond Green, for Game Five was felt in a major way.
To add injury to insult, Center, Andrew Bogut will miss the remainder of the Finals after suffering bone bruises in the game.