Irving stars as Cavs keep series alive
The Cleveland Cavaliers kept alive hopes of an unprecedented comeback in the NBA finals by beating the Golden State Warriors 112-97 in game five.
LeBron James had 25 points in a 61-61 first half and Kyrie Irving 23 in the second, the pair finishing with 41 points apiece and James adding 16 rebounds.
No team has ever recovered from a 3-1 deficit to lift the trophy and James admitted afterwards: “We’re just happy we got another day, that’s all we could ask for. We’ve got a game six now and we’ve got to be ready.”
The series now heads back to Cleveland where the home
41 Points from Cleveland stars Irving and James
supporters will be hoping for more heroics from James and Irving.
“He’s a very humble kid, that was special,” James said of Irving’s display. “It will go down as one of the all-time greatest performances in play-off history.”
Klay Thompson led Golden State with 37 points but the Warriors badly missed the suspended Draymond Green.
“Draymond does a little bit of everything,” Thompson said. “Obviously his playmaking, his communication and his heart and soul. It’s not an excuse though.”
Game six of the series takes place on Friday at 5am UAE time.