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The Latest: LeBron seems to always rise up in Game 7s
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The Latest: LeBron seems to always rise up in Game 7s

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 8:46 p.m. ET

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

This is the sixth time LeBron James will appear in a Game 7.

If the first five are any indication, he'll have a big night in this one.


The Cleveland star comes into this title-deciding game on Sunday night averaging 34.4 points, 9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his previous Game 7 appearances - scoring at least 27 points in every one. If he scores 30 in this game, he will tie Elgin Baylor's NBA record with five consecutive Game 7s with at least that many points.

James played in three Game 7s with the Miami Heat, going 3-0 in those games. So far in his Cavaliers tenures, James is 0-2 in Game 7s.

He has been brilliant in this series, averaging 30.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.2 blocks. No one has ever finished a Finals with those sort of averages.


3:45 p.m.

Steve Kerr stuck to his game-day routine Sunday morning.

No need to change anything now heading into Game 7of the NBA Finals and the Warriors trying for a third time to clinch their second straight championship.

That meant 60 minutes of hot yoga for the NBA coach of the year along with top assistant Luke Walton to get in the ''right mindset.''

''I'm guessing Bill Belichick and his staff don't do that,'' Kerr quipped.


3:10 p.m.

52 years.

That's how long it's been since a Cleveland team won a championship and thousands of fans, many of them wearing No. 23 LeBron James jerseys, descended upon the city's downtown Sunday evening for possibly the party of a lifetime.

The Cavs can end Cleveland's title drought dating to 1964 with a win in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and it seems half of Northeast Ohio will cram into bars, restaurants and Quicken Loans Arena to watch.

Tickets for a watch party at ''The Q'' sold out in seconds, and the team has opened up the plaza next door to Progressive Field, home of the Indians, to accommodate the overflow crowds.

Since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964, Sunday's game was the closest any team has been to a championship since 1997, when the Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Florida Marlins in the 11 innings.

Jason Darvish of Strongsville, Ohio, has his van decked out from front to back with Browns decals with ''1964 and waiting'' painted on all four sides.

''This is our Super Bowl,'' the 40-year-old said. ''One game. Winner takes all.''

- Tom Withers, Cleveland


2:40 p.m.

For the third time in 19 weeks, a championship will be decided in the Bay Are when Golden State takes on Cleveland in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The Bay Area has been the center of the North American sports scene so far in 2016, starting when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 7.

Then the Bay Area became the ninth market to send teams to the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final in the same year. The San Jose Sharks lost their bid for a title when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Cup on June 12 in San Jose.

Now it's up to Stephen Curry and the Warriors to give the local fans a title to celebrate at home. If Golden State wins, it will mark the first time since the Oakland Athletics won the World Series in 1974 that a Bay Area team won a championship at its home venue.


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