OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James came up big for his team once again Sunday night, picking up his sixth triple-double of the NBA Finals.
Despite the Cavs being undermanned due to injuries and having to carry his team, LeBron told reporters he remains confident and that he doesn’t put a ceiling on what he’s capable of doing in the finals.
“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world,” he said. “It’s simple.”
On Sunday night, LeBron finished with 40 points, 11 assists and 14 rebounds.
It was the NBA MVP Steph Curry stealing the show in the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland 104-91 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to take a 3-2 series lead.
Curry finished the night with 7 three pointers, 37 points, 17 of those points coming in the fourth quarter.
“There are a few that he made, more than a few that were extremely difficult shots, high, high‑level shots by a high‑level player,” said Cavaliers head coach David Blatt. “Sometimes you’ve got to take your hat off to the other guy. He made some tremendous shots. That’s respect.”
“He’s one of the best shooters in our league,” said Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson. “Coach preach to us every night, have a high hand, he’s going to make tough shots. He took a couple shots he made on me. Couple tough threes. But we’ve got to contest and we’ve got to be at half court and make it physical for him and make it tough for him.”
The Cavs return home on Tuesday night for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. One more loss by the wine and gold and their season ends.
LeBron says he wants to do whatever it takes to help the team win, but that he hasn’t “been able to do that in the last two.”
“Hopefully I can do a better job coming in on Tuesday.” he said. “We all as a unit can do a better job, and we’ll be fine.”
“He’s doing whatever he can to win a championship, that’s what the best player on the planet does,” said Cavaliers small forward Mike Miller.
“We’re scarred but we just have to come out swinging, that’s the only thing we can do,” said Cavaliers guard, J.R. Smith. “We’re in a dog fight and our back our against the wall, the only way you’re going to make it out is fight.”
LeBron said he and the team won’t stop playing hard.
“It’s the finals. Something you dream of when you’re a kid. For me, I put the work in every single day…I give everything to my teammates. When you’re true to the game, it doesn’t matter if it’s a regular season game or a finals game. You just go out and trust what you put into the game and you live with the results.”
Here’s the schedule for the rest of The Finals:
Game 6: Warriors at Cavaliers on ABC, 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16
Game 7: At Warriors on ABC, 9 p.m. on Friday, June 19 (if necessary)