After the NBA Finals game 6, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have knotted the series at three games a piece heading back to Oakland for a Game 7.
With the season hanging in the balance, Lebron James showed his greatness scoring 41 points, adding eight rebounds, eleven assists. Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Cavs took care of business. They beat the Golden State Warriors 115-101 on Thursday night. NBA Finals Game 6 resulted in a mandatory game 7.
Cleveland has now saved their season twice. They have the opportunity to become the first team in NBA Finals history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. If Cleveland were to accomplish this feat, it would be Cleveland’s first major sports championship since 1964.
The Warriors probably never imagined being in this spot after the NBA Finals Game 6.
Last series versus the Thunder they were also down 3-1 and overcame the odds. The defending champions, who won a record 73 games in the regular season and 89 wins combined must find a way to win. If not they will watch their chances of going back-to-back spill through their fingers.
Towards the end of the NBA Finals game 6, Curry was ejected. With 4:22 left after he was called for his sixth personal foul. He cursed several times at an official and fired his mouthpiece into the front row, striking a fan. This was Curry’s first ejection from a game since 2013. He finished with 30 points. Klay Thompson had 25. Draymond Green, back from a one-game suspension, had eight points and 10 rebounds. But he didn’t have a real footprint in the game.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr backed up his MVP:
”He gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous,” Kerr said. ”As the MVP of the league, we’re talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals. I’m happy he threw his mouthpiece.”
The Warriors would make a mild comeback, putting together a 25-10 run to pull within nine points entering the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter is where James and co seized control. James had a hand in 27 consecutive points during a stretch in the second half – and put away the Warriors. They had trimmed a 24-point deficit to seven in the final period. James scored 14 in the fourth. Now, NBA Finals game 6 is in the rear-view mirror.
For the Warriors they’ll have to refocus and regroup, if they have any plans on raising another banner on Sunday Night.