ON FIRE: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa during the second half of game six of basketball's NBA finals in Cleveland.
ON FIRE: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa during the second half of game six of basketball's NBA finals in Cleveland. Tony Dejak

James helps Cavs force a decider

BASKETBALL: It looked a very slim chance when it trailed the NBA finals 3-1, but Cleveland – after another stunning game from superstar LeBron James – has forced a title-deciding game seven.

James, one of the game’s greats, produced his second-straight game of 41 points to see his team beat Golden State 115-101.

Shaquille O’Neal was the last person to score more than 40 points in back-to-back finals games 16 years ago, with James also picking up 11 assists, eight rebounds, three blocks and four steals.

He dominated Warriors superstar and league MVP Steph Curry, who picked up 30 points but was fouled out before being ejected from the game late on for throwing his mouthguard at a fan.

Tristan Thompson also starred for the Cavs with 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Aussie Matthew Dellavedova came on late and drained a three-pointer.

The pressure on Cleveland to win its maiden NBA title will still be immense.

Game seven is in Oakland on Monday morning (AEST) and the finals record is 15-3 in favour of the home team for all competition deciders.


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