The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors' NBA Finals battle is the series that just keep giving.
After the Wine and Gold's 101-115 game six victory last night, the Cavs have the chance to be the first team in history to recover from a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals with game seven looming large at the Oracle Arena on Sunday.
After staring elimination in the face, Cleveland have rallied to inflict two straight defeats on the reigning NBA champions and it's only the second time the Warriors have suffered consecutive defeats this season.
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Franchise star LeBron James dropped 41 points on the Dubs for the second game running and during the triumphant victory on home soil he inflicted a personal defeat on his nemesis and reigning MVP, Stephen Curry.
With just over 4:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, Curry drove into the Cavaliers paint with James in hot pursuit. The Dubs No 30 hesitated before attempting a layup that King James, himself a four-time MVP, denied in emphatic fashion.
Skip to 2:33 on our highlights video to see the monstrous block in all its glory.
But, James wasn't done with the point guard just yet. On the very next play, Curry would tally up his sixth personal foul and become the first player in history to be ejected from the NBA Finals and endure the first ejection of his entire career.
As a result, the back-to-back MVP threw his mouthpiece in frustration and accidentally hit a member of the crowd, which happened to be the son of a Cavaliers minority owner.
Curry insists there was no malice behind his lob and it was strictly accidental.
"Yeah, I've thrown my mouthpiece before. I usually aim at the scorer's table," Curry said after the game. "I was off-aim."
"I definitely didn't mean to throw it at a fan, but it happened," he said. "I went over and apologized to him because that's obviously not where I was trying to take my frustration out. But the last two fouls I had I thought were — I didn't think I fouled either Kyrie [Irving] or LeBron. That's just kind of my perception of the plays and I had a reaction to it.
As game six passed, it became the second consecutive opportunity that the Warriors have passed up to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy for the second time in a row. Their shortcomings clearly got to Curry, but he insists he will regain his composure for the all-important, title-deciding game seven on Sunday.
"It was obviously frustrating fouling out in the fourth quarter of a clinching game and not being out there with my teammates," he said. "So it got the best of me, but I'll be all right for next game."