Last night, basketball fans as well as sports fans in general were treated to witnessing NBA history when King James and his “court”… on his court completely dominated the Golden State Warriors in game 6 of the NBA Finals, pushing the first Game 7 ever by a team that was down 3 games to 1 in said finals.
The Cavilers pretty much white washed Golden State leading by 20 after the first period (31-11) and never really looked back. The Warriors got it to with in 8 during the second period but that was as close as they would get at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night in their 101-115 loss.
The Warriors seemed to be in a total state of frustration, which finally culminated with the ejection of their star, and recent back-to-back league MVP Steph Curry with just over 4 minutes left in the game. Curry was whistled for a “reach in” (touch) foul for his 6th and final foul which would ultimately bench him for the rest of the game, his meltdown immediately ensued. Curry said the call was “bull$@&#” to the official and threw his mouth guard toward the scorers table, but, just the just like the rest of previous shots his team took during Game 6 he was off target hitting a fan court-side and was immediately ejected.
I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but I have to admit three of Curry’s fouls were very very suspect… they were in Cleveland after all… and a Game 7 of this magnitude would be HUGE for the NBA. When it comes right down to it though, Golden State did not lose because of officiating they lost because LeBron and company wanted “it” more.
LeBron put up monster numbers again last night, propelling his team into the Father’s Day showdown Sunday evening at the Oracle. James put up 41 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks in 43 minutes, Thursday, which almost mirrors what he did in game 5 scoring 41 with 16 rebounds and 7 assists. This Herculean performance is the first time since 2000 that a player has had back-to-back 40 point games in the finals.
Will the city of Cleveland who has been without a team championship in just over 50 years get their second in just over one weeks time? Sunday is definitely going to be MUST WATCH television!
(photos courtesy of: John Kuntz/cleveland.com, Inquister, 247sports, ap, usatoday, getty)