Could the Cleveland Cavaliers become the first team ever to win the NBA Finals after coming back from a 3-1 deficit? Well, that’s very likely after their 115-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6, especially now that LeBron James has turned into Michael Jordan.
The Warriors looked like a deer in the headlights in the first quarter on Thursday. They were outscored 31-11, with Stephen Curry spending much of his time on the bench after collecting two quick fouls.
Kyrie Irving steal, Irving drives feeds LeBron who dunks. pic.twitter.com/w4uZSFJBdA
— arcusD (@_MarcusD_) June 17, 2016
Cleveland got some solid scoring from their two superstars in the first half, but more importantly, the defense improved vastly with Richard Jefferson out there—he played 18 minutes in the first half, while Kevin Love was limited again, despite starting.
Golden State trailed by as many as 24 points in the third quarter, but they cut that deficit to nine thanks to a few bad Cleveland possessions at the end of the period. The Cavs got complacent with their lead, tried to play clock management and quit playing team basketball, letting the Warriors get back in the game with a 10-0 run in the final minutes.
That’s when Klay Thompson (25 points) got hot:
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With the Warriors fighting back throughout much of the fourth quarter, LeBron stepped up like a champion, scoring 18 straight points for Cleveland and making some tough late-game shots and alley-oops to help his team run away with it.
J.R. Smith deserves a ton of credit for that alley-oop. That pass was ridiculous!
And just to add an exclamation mark on the night, LeBron completely stuffed Stephen Curry and started talking sh*t.
All the MVP could do was walk away.
LeBron block & trash talk pic.twitter.com/ZrWhWQ0JgZ
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) June 17, 2016
Curry’s foul trouble came back to bite him with four minutes left, even though he still had 30 points. He fouled out and was hit for a technical for the first time in his career after losing his temper on the referee.
First time Curry has been ejected in his career. Great act to apologize to the fan after in the heat of the moment.pic.twitter.com/gDgLTPogwG
— BallersHype (@BallersHype) June 17, 2016
That was enough to get him ejected.
So now the Warriors and Cavs are on an even playing field, tied at three games apiece with a pivotal Game 7 in store for Sunday. But Cleveland has all the momentum and Curry just suffered probably the most embarrassing moment of his career. Yet, the Dubs still have home court advantage.
Anything could happen. Just don’t let LeBron take over again, Golden State. He wants it more than anyone else. Hell, he needs it more than anyone else.