LeBron James, for sure the greatest basketball player on the planet since Michael Jordan retired, had another incredible NBA Finals game, tallying 41 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks and the Cavs held off the Warriors 115-101, to force Game 7.
It’ll be the first Game 7 in the NBA Finals since 2010, when the Lakers and Celtics went the distance. The Lakers won that one at home in an ugly game. The other Game 7s in recent NBA Finals history:
2005 – Spurs beat the Pistons (also ugly)
1994 – Rockets beat the Knicks (ugly for John Starks)
1988 – Lakers beat the Pistons (James Worthy triple double!)
1984 – Celtics beat the Lakers
The last time a road team won Game 7 in NBA Finals? That’d be 1978 when the Bullets beat the Sonics in Seattle, 105-99.
Back to LeBron. During one span in Game 6, bridging the 3rd and 4th quarter, LeBron scored 18 points in a row. During that same span, he scored or assisted on 27 straight Cavs points.
But all anyone will be talking about tomorrow is his 4th quarter block of Stephen Curry, followed by trash talk and a stare. Curry never seemed to rebound, fouled out a few minutes later, and had a mini-meltdown. Curry was magnificent for the Warriors, scoring 30 points, but the Warriors never got closer than eight after falling behind by 20 points in the 1st quarter.