Reversed foul call against LeBron James draws Cavaliers’ ire

Sherman Parsons
June 1, 2018

Cleveland ended up losing to Golden State in overtime, 124-114.

LeBron James, as he's done all playoffs long, carried the Cavs. "I don't know what was going through J.R.'s head".

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue believes Smith thought the Cavs were ahead; Smith contended he knew the score, but figured someone would call a timeout.

Still tied 107-107, the game went to overtime and the Warriors outscored Cleveland 17-7 in the extra period.

"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right".

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said: "It's not going to be easy".

With the Cavaliers leading 104-102 with 30 seconds remaining, Kevin Durant drove into the lane and was met by LeBron James, who slid in for the stop.

Speaking at the press conference, James said: 'We have to move on.

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"There were some plays that we had taken away from us", James said.

In a tight contest, which saw the game tied at the halfway mark, a mistake by JR Smith in the dying seconds of regulation play proved to be the turning point Golden State finally needed to lift themselves above their opponents.

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The game almost over, James jawed with both Curry and Klay Thompson, then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact.

Perhaps the most important moment near the end of regulation came when the officials reviewed and ultimately reversed what had been called a charge on the court.

After Steph Curry was fouled making a layup, his free throw gave the Warriors a 107-106 lead.

Cleveland's Smith makes $14 million per season and he rebounded George Hill's free throw miss with four seconds left in a tie game and then, instead of trying to shoot or make a play to win the game, he inexplicably tried to dribble the clock out. The Cavs are the biggest finals outsiders in 20 years, but LeBron's 51-point masterclass brought them to the verge of a massive opening victory.

Golden State's Stephen Curry scored 29 points as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 26 and 24 points respectively. Draymond Green also made his presence felt scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. But, his National Basketball Association finals-best 51 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists weren't enough to beat the Warriors.

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