The Cleveland Cavaliers successfully tied the series and forced Game 7 after beating the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Four-time MVP LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 41 points on 16-of-27 shooting from the field, eight rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and three blocks.
“He had another unbelievable game,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “That’s what we expect of LeBron, and that’s what he’s been doing his whole career. So, one more game, and we need another one out of him.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers took advantage of the Golden State Warriors’ undersized lineup in the first quarter. They started the quarter with 6-0 forcing Steve Kerr to call a timeout. Their Game 6 loss were obviously a sign that they need Andrew Bogut in their lineup. However, it seems like Bogut will never return again in Game 7.
As expected, the Cavaliers started Richard Jefferson instead of Kevin Love. Jefferson proved that he deserved to be a starter after establishing an outstanding performance on both ends. Kevin Love only served as a backup for LeBron James and was given a few minutes in Game 6.
Klay Thompson tried to carry the Warriors in the last minutes of the Game but LeBron James seemed to be answering every attack of him. The Warriors’ struggle continued after the reigning MVP Stephen Curry was fouled out. After the call was made, Curry showed his frustration and threw his mouthpiece in the crowd. This forced the referee, Jason Phillips, to eject him from the game.
“Yeah, I’m happy he threw his mouthpiece,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He should be upset. Look, it’s the Finals and everybody’s competing out there. There are fouls on every play. It’s a physical game.
“He had every right to be upset. He’s the MVP of the league. He gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous.”
Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will be on Sunday night at the Oracle Arena.
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