LeBron James Steals Games 2 From The Warriors

by Adam Smith

The Cleveland Cavaliers made history Sunday night, winning the franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals game after five losses (four in 2007, one this year). The Eastern Conference champions pulled out a 95-93 overtime victory in Game 2 at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors, tying the series at one game apiece. The Cavaliers had a little over seven seconds to finish off Golden State in regulation. Everybody knew LeBron James was getting the ball, and he nearly took on three Warriors defenders to win the game. His layup was off the mark, and Tristan Thompson’s putback rimmed out as well.

LeBron may be the best player on the planet, but he has now missed his last four shots that would’ve either tied the game or put his team ahead in the final minute of an NBA Finals game, per Mike & Mike. Cleveland quickly rebounded from its disappointing end to the fourth quarter by jumping out to a 92-87 lead in overtime. The Cavs offense went cold, though, allowing Golden State to take a 93-92 lead after two free throws from Stephen Curry with 29.5 seconds remaining.

When all looked lost, Harrison Barnes fouled Matthew Dellavedova following an offensive rebound, which put the Cavs point guard on the line for two shots with 10.1 seconds left in overtime. He knocked down both, and that proved to be enough, as Curry air-balled a jumper on Golden State’s next possession. The Warriors then turned the ball over following a free throw from James to end the game.

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