Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 11:04 AM


The Cleveland Cavaliers have forced the NBA Finals to at least Game 6, finishing over the top of the Golden State Warriors 112-97 at Oakland’s Oracle Arena after the adversaries were level at halftime.

Again it was LeBron James and Kyrie Irving – as they did in Game 3 – who sparked the Cavaliers’ turnaround.

LeBron was at his dominant best, producing 41 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in a stunning individual performance – and a pointed reminder that he may still be the NBA’s best player.

Irving, pilloried for a dismal fourth-quarter effort in Game 4, fired back brilliantly with 41 points on 17-for-24 shooting, while also notching six assists.

Never before in the history of the Finals have two teammates registered 40 points in the same game.

Draymond Green’s much-publicised suspension absence was a crucial factor, weakening the Warriors’ defense considerably.

Steph Curry had a night to forget, tallying 25 points on just 8-for-21 – including only five 3-pointers from 14 attempts. Klay Thompson top-scored for the beaten hosts with 37 points.

The Finals head back to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena for Game 6 on Friday morning (AEST).

Green will return for the Warriors, but Andrew Bogut is under an injury cloud – and home-court advantage is certain to see the Cavs favoured to send the series into a mouth-watering Game 7 decider.

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