The Cleveland Cavaliers at home beat down the Golden State Warriors 115-101 in game six of the NBA Finals. This series is now tied 3-3. LeBron James led all scorers with 41 points on 16 of 27 from the field to go along with eight rebounds, 11 assists, four steals, and blocked three shots. James has scored 40 plus points two games in a row in this series, and he has shown he is the best player in the world right now. Kyrie Irving put in 23 points on 7 of 18 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked two shots.
Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 15 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor, plucked 16 rebounds, and gave out three assists. J.R. Smith pitched in 14 points on 5 of 11 from the field including four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Smith had one great lob pass to LeBron for the slam dunk in the second half. Kevin Love finished with seven points, and collected three rebounds in 12 minutes. Dahntay Jones added five points in five minutes off the bench. The Cavaliers shot a remarkable 51 percent from the field, and shot 37 percent on 10 of 27 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers got off to a great start like they did in game three in front of their home crowd, and the Cavs had a 31-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cavaliers held the Warriors to only shoot 40 percent from the field. The Cavaliers defensive intensity was excellent, and the Cavaliers forcing turnovers and missed shots has helped them get in transition more. The energy of the crowd in Cleveland gives the Cavaliers a lot of momentum, and the Cavaliers record is 9-1 at home in the playoffs. The Warriors have just had no answer for LeBron in the last couple of games, and he cannot be stopped. The Cavaliers will have a chance to bring home Cleveland it’s first major sports championship since 1964 in game seven on Sunday in Oracle Arena.
LeBron James said “One more game left. I’ll play it anywhere.”
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry led the way with 30 points on 8 of 20 from the field, and made six three-pointers. Curry was ejected in the fourth quarter when he got upset at the ref after he picked up his 6th foul and fouled out, and threw his mouth piece at a fan. Klay Thompson totaled 25 points on 9 of 21 from the floor, stripped away two steals, and hit three triples. Draymond Green supplied eight points on 3 of 7 from the field, pulled down 10 rebounds, and handed out six assists. Leonardo Barbosa managed 14 points on 4 of 6 from the field off the pine.
Marreese Speights scored six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field off the bench in two minutes. Harrison Barnes has really struggled in the last couple games as he shot 0 of 8 from the field, and scored 0 points in this game. Warriors shot merely 40.2 percent from the field, and shot 38.5 percent on 15 of 39 from three-point range. Warriors also played sloppy with 14 turnovers. Warriors got off to a horrible start as they were down 31-11 at the end of the first quarter which is very embarrassing for a team that won 73 games in the regular season and broke the regular season win record.
The Warriors were eventually able to cut the lead down to nine points at the end of the third quarter after Thompson hit back to back three-pointers. Warriors closed out the game really poorly as they were losing by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter. They just could not stop the Cavaliers, and LeBron took over this game. Warriors will still have a good chance to close out the series and win the NBA Championship in game seven at Oracle Arena.