Cleveland Cavaliers past the Golden State Warriors 115-101 to force Game 7


epa05371353 Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James (top) blocks a shot against Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry (bottom) in the first half of their NBA Finals game six at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 16 June 2016. EPA/RON SCHWANE / POOL CORBIS OUT
LeBron James was in imperious form as his Cleveland Cavaliers snatched Game 6 at the Quicken Loans Arena to force a Game 7 with the Golden State Warriors. From 3-1 down in the series and staring a heavy defeat square in the face, King James stood tall and went up another level.

Game 6 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena was no different, as Ohio’s own dropped a whopping 41 points to go with 11 assists, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

Shooting an incredible 16-27 on the night, it was the sort of all-around performance that will go down in the ages.

To put in such an indescribably dominant performance – and in such a crucial showdown – is nothing short of heroic.

epa05371373 Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James (R) goes to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of the NBA Finals basketball game six between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 16 June 2016. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH CORBIS OUT
The Cavs saved their season for the second time in four days on the back of LeBron’s showing, with Kyrie Irving chipping in with 23 points, while Tristan Thompson dominated the glass with 16 boards.

Plenty has been made of the disappearance of Kevin Love this series – as he played just ten minutes in Game 6 – but when LeBron is on song like he was on Thursday night, it matters not one bit.

And now, with Cleveland needing to head straight back to Oakland to play the decider on enemy ground, LeBron is as focused and as determined as ever… Which is saying something.

James said: “One more game left. I’ll play it anywhere.”

epa05371347 Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry (front) gets a shot blocked by Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James (behind) in the second half of their NBA Finals game six at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 16 June 2016. EPA/BOB DONNAN / POOL CORBIS OUT
Once again King James outplayed regular season MVP Stephen Curry – who himself fouled out in the final quarter.

The visibly frustrated Steph mustered a solid 30 points – to go with 25 from fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson – but it was nowhere near enough, as he was ejected for his sixth foul, before firing expletives towards match officials and tossing his mouthpiece into the stands.

Steve Kerr’s Warriors couldn’t have ever imagined being in the position… The reigning champions, who eclipsed the regular season win-record set by Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Chicago Bulls were 3-1 up in the series just a week ago.

Jun 16, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
And now, they need to win, or all of the hard work since October 2015 will be for essentially nothing.

Coach Kerr had a few thoughts for the officials, claiming they were tough on Curry during the game in Cleveland.


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