CAVS beat Warriors, 115-101 NBA Finals Game 6

Lebron James put on another masterpiece of a performance, tallying a near triple-double of 41 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game Six win over the Golden State Warriors, 115-101, at Quicken Loans Arena and force a winner-take-all match for the NBA championship. James, who duplicated his scoring output in Game Five, paced again the Cavaliers who survived their second straight knockout game to tie the finals at 3-3. Game Seven is set at Warriors’ home in Oracle Arena on Sunday. Huge plays from “King James” down the stretch sealed the Cavaliers win for good after an attempt by the Warriors to come back from a 24-point deficit. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, while Tristan Thompson registered 15 points and 16 boards. Steph Curry finished with 30 points, but fouled out in the fourth quarter in a bizarre incident that also saw him earn a technical foul that ejected him from the game. Klay Thompson chipped in 25 for the Warriors, who got shackled right at the opening tip. The defending champions missed their first seven shots of the game that allowed Cleveland to go on an 8-0 start.



That catapulted the Cavaliers to a 31-11 lead after the opening period. The Warriors made it a ballgame after pulling within eight, 46-38, off a 9-0 run but the Cavaliers answered with eight unanswered points sparked by a Tristan Thompson alley oop and a James layup. The Cavaliers held a 59-43 cushion at halftime. A Kevin Love triple expanded the Cavaliers’ biggest lead to 24, 70-56, early in the third quarter but the Warriors still had a run in their bag. Klay Thompson exploded for 15 in the third frame, including eight straight in the closing minutes to pull the Warriors just within nine, 80-71, entering the final quarter. The Warriors shaved their deficit further to seven, 86-79, with 8:06 to go after a Leandro Barbosa triple. But James sank a tough jumper and a putback to bring the Cavaliers lead back to double digits, 90-79, with seven minutes left. He wasn’t finished; he threw two straight lobs to Tristan Thompson for layups, and even had an emphatic block on Curry that completely shifted the momentum back to Cleveland. The woes only compounded for the Warriors when Curry, battling foul trouble all game long, lost his cool after getting slapped with his sixth foul. He threw his mouthpiece in anger which accidentally hit a fan as the MVP had his first ejection of his entire career. The Cavaliers are the only third team in NBA history to force a Game Seven after trailing 3-1 in the finals. No club has ever won the championship after digging such hole.
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