In the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron James has been told he’s a baby. He’s been mocked for having his feelings hurt. He’s been booed and jeered and laughed at by the Golden State Warriors crowd.
But in Game 6, it was James who got the last laugh. With his Cleveland Cavaliers blowing by the Warriors late in Thursday’s fourth period, James tracked and then packed Steph Curry, swatting his lefty layup attempt out of reach.
Then after the play, LeBron stopped in his tracks to soak it all in — and to send a few choice words the Warriors star’s way.
It was LeBron’s night to gloat. With another historic performance from its do-it-all small forward, Cleveland just made history, evening up the series at three games apiece with a 115-101 win on Thursday evening.
On to an unlikely, unexpected Game 7 we go.
Even after James’ block, with the game effectively sealed, play devolved further. Curry drew his sixth and final foul on a subsequent Cleveland possession, and began to argue vehemently.
Within moments, he tossed his mouthguard into the stands and then he himself was tossed from the sidelines, sent back to the locker room — his first-ever career ejection.
But the story of the night was James, who punched in his second consecutive 41-point outing. Finishing with a 59 percent shooting clip, James also tallied 11 dimes, eight boards, four steals and three blocks, showing off his power both in the paint and on the perimeter all night long
The Cavaliers led from tipoff to final buzzer, with James’ play complimented by a dynamic performance from big man Tristan Thompson, whose activity in the middle, effort on the glass and hustle in transition exposed Golden State’s undersized frontline. Thompson had a double-double notched by halftime, and didn’t miss a field goal all game, pocketing a +32 +/- rating.
In fact, three of the evening’s top plays came courtesy of Cavaliers players’ vision and Thompson’s off-ball movement. As James, J.R. Smith and James again rewarded their center for his work down low.
source: huffingtonpost.com by Juliet Spies-Gans