James stellar in 104-91 Game 5 loss to Warriors

BY foxsports • June 14, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- LeBron James had more points, rebounds or assists than anybody on either team. He played center, point guard and everywhere in between.

The only thing James couldn't quite do was will the Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

James had 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the second highest scoring triple-double in finals history but the Cavaliers lost 104-91 to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night to fall behind 3-2 in the series.

James is now running out of time to find enough help to overcome the deeper Warriors and lead Cleveland to its first major sports title in 51 years. Game 6 will be Tuesday night in Cleveland with the series set to return to the Bay Area on Friday if a seventh game is needed.

With All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and fellow starter Anderson Varejao sidelined by injuries, James has been a one-man band this series. He is averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists through five games. He had 39 points in a triple-double in a Game 2 win and backed that up with another brilliant performance Sunday.

Only Jerry West in 1969 has scored more points in a triple-double in finals history with 42. West was also the only member of a losing team to win finals MVP, a club that James might soon join the way this series is headed.

James' night could be summed up in one stretch of the fourth quarter. James gave the Cavs their last lead of the game with a long 3-pointer that made it 80-79 with 7:47 to go.

But MVP Stephen Curry answered with an even longer 3 for the 20th lead change of the game and Klay Thompson followed a miss by James with another 3 that put the Warriors up by five with a lead they would never relinquish.

James got some early help from J.R. Smith, who hit four 3-pointers in the first half before turning cold once again. Tristan Thompson provided a lift in the second half but Game 4 star Timofey Mozgov was limited to 10 minutes as both teams went to small lineups and no one else stepped up.

At one point, James scored or assisted on 17 straight baskets made by Cleveland in a stretch of 22:35 that started early in the first quarter and went all the way past halftime. Many of those baskets came when James was playing center as both Thompson and Mozgov sat.

Matthew Dellavedova made the only two baskets up to that point that James wasn't involved in but didn't hit another all game.


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