LeBron James (41 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks) was unstoppable on both ends of the floor Thursday as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Golden State Warriors 115-101 to force a Game 7 in the NBA Finals.
Tristan Thompson was the unsung hero with 15 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists, besides playing lockdown defense for 43 minutes on the floor. Kyrie Irving (23 points, 7-18 FG) and JR Smith (14 points, 5-11 FG) combined for 6-15 from deep and gave the Cavs the added scoring punch. |Final Box Score|
LeBron James gearing up for 3rd title?
“I want to win (Game 7) for sure,” James said taking Cleveland one win away from their first major sports championship since Dec. 27, 1964. “But I want to give everything I’ve got and we’ll see what happens. We forced a Game 7. It’s going to be a fun one.”
“At the end of the day I’m going to give my teammates everything I got. I’m going to give my coaching staff all I’ve got. And I’ll be satisfied with the results,” added the four-time MVP.
Kevin Love was once again a non-factor with just 7 points from 12 minutes on the floor. Love was taken out of the game early in the third quarter after he picked up his third foul.
Stephen Curry gets ejected
Stephen Curry suffered his first ejection since December 2013. The reigning two-time MVP was fouled out midway through the fourth quarter for a reach-in foul on James. A flabbergasted Curry threw his mouthguard in frustration and was slapped with a technical foul for the same.
Despite his ejection, Curry had a great overall game with 30 points (8-20 FG, 6-3 3 Pt) despite his careless turnovers and inability to get teammates involved. In fact, Curry finished with a season low 1 assist as the Warriors combined for just 19 assists compared to Cleveland’s 24.
LeBron James and the Cavs can become the first team in Finals history to return from a 3-1 deficit.
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