10 Jun 2015

LeBron leads Cavaliers to 2-1 lead

4:40 pm on 10 June 2015

Superstar LeBron James has turned in another virtuoso playoff performance in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 96-91 win over the Golden State Warriors in basketball's NBA finals.

The win gives Cleveland a 2-1 lead in the best of seven game finals.

James had a game-high 40 points to go along with 12 rebounds and eight assists in front of a raucous crowd of red T-shirt-clad fans, as Cleveland grabbed the upper hand in the championship series against the top-seeded Warriors.

LeBron James

LeBron James Photo: Photosport

Cleveland led by as many as 20 points late in the third quarter but were put to the test as Golden State clawed back to within a point with under three minutes remaining.

The league's reigning Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry had a horrible start to the game for Golden State but had a strong fourth quarter to finish with a team-high 27 points.

Game four is again in Cleveland on Friday.