9 Jun 2016

Cleveland storm back into NBA title contention

5:00 pm on 9 June 2016

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have stormed back into the NBA basketball finals with a dominant 120-90 victory over the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, to cut the series deficit to 2-1.

James, who called the game "do-or-die" for his team, scored a game-high 32 points and Kyrie Irving added 30 as the Cavaliers breathed new life into a series that had looked headed for a quick finish after a lopsided opening two games.

LeBron James

LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers keep their NBA title hopes alive. Photo: Photosport

Cleveland, well aware that no NBA team in history has ever come back from an 0-3 series deficit to win in seven games, got off to a fast start and led the entire way to keep alive their hopes of avenging last year's Finals defeat to the Warriors.

NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry had a night to forget with 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting for the Warriors.

Game Four in the best of seven series is on Saturday in Cleveland.