LeBron James carried the Cavaliers with a magnificent Game 6 performance to seal a 115–101 win over the Warriors in Cleveland and force a Game 7.
James scored 41 points, assisted on 11 baskets, grabbed eight rebounds and added four steals and three blocks. He scored or assisted on 27 straight Cavs points across one second-half stretch, galvanizing Cleveland and fighting off a late Warriors run.
Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, and Tristan Thompson dominated inside with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Stephen Curry scored 30 for the Warriors but fouled out at the end of the game and was ejected after throwing his mouthpiece. Klay Thompson had 25 points.
The Cavs are fighting to become the first team to ever win an NBA Finals after trailing 3–1 in the series. Of 32 teams in NBA history that trailed 3–1 in the Finals entering this season, only two have ever forced a Game 7.
The deciding game is Sunday night in Oakland.
LeBron James came out prepared, coming up with a steal and finishing with a two-handed jam.
Draymond Green is happy to be back.
The Cavs got off to a very hot start, while the Warriors did not. Here’s Kyrie finding LeBron for a slam.
Cleveland leads 31–11 after one quarter. It‘s been ugly. Tristan Thompson has been dominant inside. LeBron’s playmaking has been awesome.
The Warriors need more of this from Steph Curry.
Tristan Thompson with a nice one-handed oop finish.
Andre Iguodala is dealing with some back stiffness, which could be important down the stretch. He came up looking hurt on this play.
Curry has been the only thing going offensively for the Warriors.
Meanwhile, the Cavs continue to play very well.
Cleveland leads Golden State 59 to 43 at halftime. Irving has 20 points to lead the Cavs. Thompson has 11 points and 10 rebounds and James has 14 points and 6 assists. Curry has 18 points for the Warriors, in addition to three fouls. Draymond Green also has three fouls, as does Kevin Love for the Cavs.
Tristan Thompson returning the favor to LeBron.
J.R. Smith, shooting, because of course he is.
The Cavs made what might have been the play of the game in transition as they held on comfortably in the third. J.R. Smith with a no-look oop to LeBron.
Klay Thompson scored eight straight points at the end of the third quarter to help cut the lead down to 80–71, Cavs. Thompson scored 15 in the third quarter. The Warriors trailed by as many as 24 in the period.
The Warriors are attempting to rally back with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green in foul trouble.
LeBron with a block on Green in transition.
Curry, playing with five fouls, has hit six threes and has 28 points as of this bucket. He broke Danny Green’s record for most threes in a Finals with his 28th of the series.
LeBron James has taken over the fourth quarter, including a run of 18 straight points for the Cavs.
And this assist.
Stephen Curry fouled out and lost his cool, receiving an ejection after throwing his mouthpiece into the stands.