The Cleveland Cavaliers relied on their superstars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to keep their title bid alive as they beat the Golden State Warriors, 112-97, in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
The Cavs have trimmed the Warriors’ series lead to 3-2, and they now have chance to even the match if they win in Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
James and Irving had an identical 41-point explosion in the game, their best offensive output in the entire series. James added six boards, seven assists, three steals, and three blocks to his monstrous stat line, a far cry from his sluggish performance in their Game 4 loss. Meanwhile, Irving who has been brilliant for the Cavs in the finals added six assists and three rebounds to his name while making five of his seven shots from three-point distance.
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry led Golden State with 37 and 25 points, respectively. However, the Warriors’ defense gave up too many points in the paint and easy shots to the Cavs as they played without Draymond Green, who was suspended for the game. They also lost center Andrew Bogut in the third quarter due to a knee injury. Andre Iguodala started in place of Green, but the collective defense of the Warriors wasn’t able to stop James and Irving from making their shots.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to ride on their Game 5 momentum to win Game 6 and force a deciding Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile, the Warriors will try to close out the series and win the title on their opponent’s home court, a déjà vu of their last year’s success against the same team.