The Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Golden State Warriors with a 112-97 win at Oracle Arena on Monday to bring the finals series back to 3-2.
After the Warriors win over the Cavaliers on Saturday in Cleveland almost everyone in the game expected Golden State to take out the NBA Championship, reaching the magic fourth win at home.
But a 41-point game from both Kyrie Irving and Lebron James saw the Cavaliers narrow the gap against their inter-conference rivals to 2-3 on the Warriors’ home court.
The Warriors’ loss of Draymond Green through suspension and Andrew Bogut through injury during the third-quarter helped the Cavaliers. Not even Klay Thompson’s 37-point performance could lift the Warriors.
Green will return for game six in Cleveland on Friday but Bogut is in serious doubt with suspected knee damage from a hyper-extension.
Friday’s game is again do-or-die for Cleveland as they attempt to tie the series at 3-3. and take it to game seven.
The Cavaliers’ head coach, Tyronn Lue, will look to James and Irving for yet another excellent performance but they’ll make history if they can win the next two. No team has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the finals. – Jarvis Small
Photo of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Jordan McRae and Tristan Thompson from the Cleveland Cavaliers Facebook page.