The Cleveland Cavaliers were supposedly down and out when they fell behind 3 games to 1 versus the Golden State Warriors the last time they met at the Quicken Loans Arena. But LeBron “The King” James wouldn’t allow his Cavaliers to go quietly into the night as he delivered another performance for the ages and forced a once unthinkable Game 7. The Cavs are now just the third team in league history to reach a Game 7 after a 3-1 deficit.
James controlled the game from start to finish, from both ends, delivering 41 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and four steals to lead his team to a 115-101 victory to tie the series at three games apiece. James’ performance was so dominant that he scored 18 straight points during the second half, leaving one of the league’s best defenses in disarray and the fans at the “Q” ecstatic.
The Warriors simply had no answer for James and his supporting cast including Kyrie Irving’s 23-point performance. Rebounding machine Tristan Thompson bullied his way to 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds along the way. Even Kevin Love, who only played for 12 minutes, scored six points in a crucial stretch in the third quarter.
The Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 55 points but they were no match for a Cavaliers defense that challenged their shots and hounded them relentlessly even in the backcourt. They shot an average of 41 percent, way below their normal numbers.
Game 7 between the Warriors and the Cavaliers will be a game for the ages, a game that will have a lot of history and legacy on the line. For the Warriors, this will validate their claim of being the best team ever. The Warriors posted the best regular season record in NBA history (73-9). This will likewise cement the place of Steph Curry as the best player in the league although he has had his ups and downs in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, James is not yet ready to give up the title of best player on the planet to Steph Curry. A win by the Cavs will make them the first team in NBA Finals history to bounce back from a 3-1 deficit. A title will also give the Cavaliers their first title since they were established as a franchise in 1970. It will also end a drought in Cleveland whose last professional sports championship was way back in 1964 by the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.
Yes, the Warriors have the home court advantage but it doesn’t look so advantageous now with the Cavaliers gaining so much momentum from two straight blowout wins. The Cavs are now inside the heads of the once invincible Warriors. One shall stand and one shall fall. We will find out who will be crowned champions in a decisive and what promises to be an exciting Game 7.