It took a record-breaking performance – and Draymond Green’s suspension – but the Cleveland Cavaliers are going home with a chance to tie the NBA Finals at 3-3. The Cavaliers (+6 away) staved off elimination Monday by beating the Golden State Warriors 112-97, setting up Game 6 in Cleveland Thursday night. Tip-off is at 9 PM ET on ABC.
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Kyrie Irving and LeBron James made history by scoring 41 points each for the Cavs in Game 5; never before have two teammates reached the 40-point mark in the same game. They were helped by the absence of Green; he was retroactively charged with a flagrant-1 foul for striking James in the groin during Game 4, leading to an automatic one-game suspension for accumulating four flagrant foul points in the playoffs. Green will return for Game 6 in Cleveland.
Andrew Bogut might not join him. Bogut sprained his left knee Monday night and had to leave the game after getting in just eight minutes of action. The Warriors center had an MRI on Tuesday, but we have yet to receive an update on his status. There’s a very good chance Bogut is out for the season, but Golden State is still –450 at press time to win the title.
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