Basketball is played between the lines, which is fortunate for the Cavaliers because the media had already ordered toe tags after the season-ending injury in game one to Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving. Instead, the Cavs won 95-93 in overtime on Sunday night, showing the kind of gritty resilience that allowed them to weather the two-game suspension of JR Smith, and the loss of Kevin Love and Irving once before on their way through the playoffs to the NBA finals.
The first game of the NBA finals in Oakland between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers resembled the Thunderdome (“two enter, one leaves”) with both teams pushing through the door simultaneously. It took an extra session to determine the victor as the Warriors found another gear while the Cavaliers ran out of gas at the end of regulation.
The Warriors took a 3-2 series lead in the NBA finals on Sunday night with a 104-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in another physical contest that bore only occasional resemblance to the one-sided affair many had predicted at the outset.