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LeBron James took the decision for the Cavs to wear sleeved jerseys

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The Cleveland Cavaliers produced their biggest result of the season when it mattered most as they kept their slim NBA Finals hopes alive with a 112-97 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Having lost on their last four visits to the Oracle Arena dating back to last year's Finals, the Cavs needed to address that slide or the Warriors would've been crowned champions again.

It took huge performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to propel the Cavaliers to victory and a guarantee of a game six in Cleveland.

The All-Star duo dropped 41 points apiece - the first time a pair of teammates had done this in a Finals game - and put on an offensive masterclass in front of a stunned crowd in Oakland.

Surprisingly, the Wine and Gold opted to wear their black sleeved jerseys for the first time in the playoffs and it's been revealed it was at the request of their leader.

According to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, LeBron made the call to wear the black sleeved uniforms as the colour symbolises pride.

This may come as something of a surprise as the King was seen ripping the sleeves on the said black jersey in a regular season game against the New York Knicks earlier in the campaign.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five

He later claimed it was out of frustration at missing too many shots rather than the sleeves being too tight.

The decision to go with them certainly worked last night, if you believe in that sort of thing. If the Cavs are a superstitious bunch, they'll maybe insist on donning the same jersey for game six at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Interestingly, James has performed remarkably well when wearing the sleeved jerseys this year. Per SI's Kenny Ducey, James averaged 29.2 points on 54.4 percent shooting, 5.8 rebounds, and 7.6 assists in five games. All five of those contests ended in Cavs wins.

James continued his dominance with that jersey on Monday adding 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks to the aforementioned 41 points.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five

Killer instinct

Throughout the encounter, King James was in constant attack mode and had a ruthless approach to his game.

He displayed the killer instinct that many have always said he needs to produce more of.

Recently, former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson said the only way Cleveland could come back into this series is if James became like Michael Jordan and took over games.

The four-time MVP dismissed this notion claiming that he's at his best when getting his teammates involved and not looking to score on every possession.

When posed with the threat of elimination, however, we always tend to see the best LeBron.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only player to put up 40 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists in a road playoff game when facing elimination, which he's now done twice.

The last time he did it, he went on to defeat the Boston Celtics in seven games and won his first ring with the Miami Heat.

Will this effort yield another seven-game victory and the first championship for the city of Cleveland?

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
LeBron James

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