Irv­ing stars as Cavs keep se­ries alive

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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.

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