LeBron James, Kyrie Irving talk to media before Game 6

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CLEVELAND-- Every game is a must-win game for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs beat the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, 112-97. Golden State still leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2.

On Monday night, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 82 points, marking the first time in NBA history two teammates scored more than 40 points each in a single Finals game.

"I'm not even thinking about that game right now," Irving said. He said as soon as the buzzer sounded for Game 5, he turned his focus to the next matchup. "The next 24 hours will solely be focused on how we can be better."

When asked about Warriors' Andrew Bogut's season ending knee injury, James and head coach Tyronn Lue agreed it wouldn't change the game plan.

"We just need to put pressure on the other guys," James said. "Even with Bogut out, they have so much fire power."

"They play small. We know that's their money lineup," Lue said.

Game 6 of the NBA Finals is Thursday at 9 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.

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The speaking order: Kyrie Irving, Tyronn Lue, LeBron James.

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Kyrie Irving: “I’m not ever thinking about that game right now… Next 24 hours will solely be focused on how we can be better.” On Game 5 and 40-plus points.

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Irving: “Sometimes it can go either way. And you have to be willing to play through both ways… For us, it’s just about coming out with that aggressive mindset, pushing in transition.” On if 40-plus games are sustainable. 

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“We try to make it work with different pieces,” Kyrie says about LeBron and Kevin Love. “The guy that we have, it’s been great.” He says it’s changed roles from being a team trying to steal games to everyone wanting to see the Cavs play.

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“Since my rookie year, just trying to be on a great team. Great management, great ownership,” Irving on this moment in the Finals. “A great team fighting for a championship.”

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“It’s been beneficial for me for sure,” Kyrie on spacing out the Finals games. “That can take a toll on your body, that’s for sure.”

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“I feel like there were a lot of mistakes that were made that we definitely could have controlled,” Kyrie on Game 4. “They took advantage of a lot of our mistakes and that’s what a great team does.”

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Kyrie says when they were down 3-1 in the series, all he could think about was taking it one game at a time.

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“It’ll be about matchups and who can better effectively execute their offense,” Kyrie says. He says having Draymond Green is huge for the Warriors.

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“For me, it was too emotional to be around the team at that time last year,” Kyrie about being injured last year and coming to see the guys while on crutches.

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Coach Tyronn Lue up now.

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“You’re going to have to play some iso, some one-on-one basketball,” Lue says about the Warriors.

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“Kevin was great defensively,” Lue says about Game 5. “There wasn’t a lot of room for a lot of other shots when they had a special moment.” On Kyrie and LeBron with 40-plus points each. “Kyrie and LeBron carried us offensively.”

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“They play small, we know that’s their money lineup with Draymond at the 5,” Lue says about changing lineups based on suspensions and injuries.

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“Guys can get the proper rest and let their bodies recover,” Lue says about the spaced-out Finals schedule.

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“The guys take a liking to me because I can relate,” Lue says. He points out he’s been on the worst team, he’s been a starter, come off the bench, been out for an entire season. He’s seen every situation.

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“They’re special players and they are capable of having special nights,” Lue says about Kyrie and LeBron’s 82-point game.

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“We got to attack,” Lue says. “We can’t be surprised when they (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) shoot four or five feet down the line.”

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“We’re coming back to our place where we know we play great,” Lue says. “Our focus and our mindset is to win the whole series.”

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“He says he feels great,” Lue says about Kevin Love. He wasn’t really involved in the offense in Game 5 because of the other two’s big night.

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“Just play the game, play hard, give it everything you got,” Lue on Draymond Green and fouls. “You’ve got to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

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LeBron James is up next.

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LeBron James on extra travel day: “It benefits, not only the player, but you guys as well… The last two years going from coast to coast is taxing.”

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“I feel like we’re prepared for Game 6,” LeBron James says. He adds coach Lue has given them a great game plan.

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“I’ve watched the kid to continue to grow over the last two years,” LeBron on Kyrie.

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“Yesterday was one year to the day that my son turned 8 and yesterday he turned 9,” LeBron jokes about tomorrow being one year to the date that the Warriors won the title in Cleveland.

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“We just need him to be aggressive,” LeBron on what he and Kyrie need from Kevin Love. “I think he’s looking forward to the challenge… We definitely need him. He’s too big of a piece to our puzzle.”

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LeBron says coach Lue brings a sense of calmness, which is great for the young guys in the locker room.

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James says Andrew Bogut being out doesn’t effect the game plan. “We just need to put pressure on the other guys… Even with Bogut out, they have so much fire power.”

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“We have a great opportunity to protect home court… We protect home.” James on his thoughts when seeing Draymond Green.

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“We feel good about our chances,” LeBron says about winning a championship. He mentions the guys who came back from last year and the additions of Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.

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“I know how much I put into the game, how true I am to the game,” LeBron says. “Hopefully, I can continue that tomorrow.”