The Cleveland Cavaliers took advantage of Draymond Green’s absence on Monday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors 112-97, and forcing a game 6 in Cleveland on Thursday night. The Cavaliers have a great opportunity to tie the series up at 3-3 if they can win game 6, which will be played at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The game is scheduled to begin at 9 PM. ET.
The Cavaliers were able to pull off a victory at the Oracle Arena thanks to the heroics of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who played better than anyone could have expected.
James finished the game with 41 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. James’ performance continued a trend of big games from the four-time MVP, who usually saves his best performances for when his team’s back is against the wall.
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Not to be outdone by his teammate, Irving also finished with 41 points, and was virtually unstoppable in the game, making 17 of his 24 shot attempts and five of his seven 3-point attempts. Irving also added 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals for the Cavs.
The Warriors, with the exception of Klay Thompson, couldn’t get much going offensively, which was surprising because they were playing in the friendly confines of Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry shot 8 for 21 in the game for 25 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds and had 4 assists, but he turned the ball over 4 times as well.
Andre Iguodala had 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists, but couldn’t do much to stop James on the defensive end.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 37 points on 11 of 20 shooting, giving him his highest points total in the Finals.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, Thompson, Iguodala, and Curry, were the only players to score in double figures. Their bench, which has been very productive during the series, picked the wrong night to not show up, and cost the Warriors a chance to win the game.
To make matters worse for the defending champions, Andrew Bogut suffered a knee injury that forced him to leave the game. On Wednesday, the team announced that Bogut won’t require surgery on the knee, but the recovery time for the injury is 6-8 weeks, which means he will miss the rest of the finals.
The Cavaliers won’t be feeling sorry for the Warriors because they still feel the injuries to Irving and Love in the playoffs last year cost them a chance to win the championship.
With the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena expected to be the loudest they have been all year, and Cleveland riding a two-game winning streak, momentum appears to be on the side of the Eastern Conference champions.
Cavs vs Warriors Game 6 Odds
The money line is -130 in Cleveland’s favor and +110 for the Warriors.
The Cavaliers have a lot of confidence in themselves right now, while the Warriors can’t figure out how to contain James and Irving, so I’m going with the Cavs to cover the spread and force a series deciding game 7.
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