LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have dominated NBA basketball for much of the last decade, but there was one game in the NBA Finals last year that didn’t get much attention.
ESPN had a live broadcast of Game 5 of the NBA finals on Thursday night, and you could hear a little bit of the drama from the Cavaliers locker room.
During the third quarter, LeBron James made a pass to a wide-open Kyrie Harper, who was streaking down the lane for a layup.
Harper had the ball at the top of the key and then swung the ball back to the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Curry.
Curry hit the shot, which was almost perfectly contested by the two point guards.
It was the first time in NBA Finals history that a shot has been contested that way.
Curry then had another chance at the rim, but James hit another jumper from the left corner for a 105-102 lead.
The Cavaliers had an 88-79 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Curry made a lay-up on the next possession to put the game away.
Here’s what happened next: James made a series of poor decisions that led to some turnovers and missed shots that helped the Cavaliers push their lead to seven.
At one point, Curry tried to make a play on a pass from James to Irving, but the ball was blocked by a Cleveland defender and the Cavaliers defender had to go down to get it.
After a timeout, James then hit a couple of shots in the corner for his team’s last three points.
Curry had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Irving had 14 and seven.
This was the game where the Cavaliers were able to take the first three points off the Cavaliers bench.
They scored nine straight points in the final quarter, including six straight from Curry to make it a four-point game with 13:47 left in the fourth.
The Cavs went on to beat the Warriors 106-105, which marked the most wins in a Finals series for the Cavaliers since 1994.
The game featured a lot of drama, including the fact that LeBron James’ signature move was his head bobble, and that he was wearing a headband when he was in the locker room after the game.
The final score was 106-104.