The Cleveland Cavaliers have clawed their way back into the NBA Finals after pegging back the Golden State Warriors 2-1 thanks to a 30-point win at the Quicken Loans Arena last night.
The excellent Warriors defence that had restricted the Cavaliers to under 90 points in both of the first two games in the series crumbled to LeBron James and co. in game three and succumbed to a 120-90 loss.
The home side had been on the ropes prior to last night's victory after a combined 58-point losing margin over the course of the first two games. However, Tyronn Lue's men responded in the best possible fashion and the manner of the victory has given their fans fresh hope of a competitive Finals yet.
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The exclamation point on the victory was a monstrous alley-oop slam courtesy of King James in the third quarter where he absolutely hammers the rock home.
To make the play taste that much sweeter, he had stolen the ball from Warriors guard Stephen Curry in the buildup and proceeded to exchange passes with Kyrie Irving before soaring above the helpless Golden State backcourt.
That took the score to 59-79 in Cleveland's favour and the 20-point gap that was opened up was something the Cavaliers were never going to let go with their title hopes at stake.
Can the Cavs win it?
LeBron has a disappointing two wins in six attempts in the NBA Finals during his career and the entire point of his return to his hometown franchise was to bring them their first-ever title.
To hang an inaugural championship banner in the Quicken Loans Arena would not only mean the world to James personally, but it would do wonders for his legacy in the game to record such a historic feat.
It seems James' legacy is constantly in question with the media. It's not enough that he is a four-time MVP, a two-time NBA champion, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and is in the midst of six straight Finals appearances. It seems like if he doesn't win the title every single year then he isn't as great as he is commonly regarded as.
If the 31-year-old manages to turn this series around, nobody could discredit the achievement. The Golden State Warriors are rubbing shoulders with the greatest sides in the history of the game after a 73-win regular season and, before last night, were standing on the verge of back-to-back titles.
LeBron's alley-oop was a metaphorical exclamation point on the victory that told Golden State they aren't prepared to go home just yet. The Akron-native led the charge with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and he's certainly not going down without a fight.