OAKLAND (Sporting Alert) — LeBron James scored 39 points on his way to a triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked a 95-93 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on Sunday.
But James, who shot the ball very well in the first half, struggled in the second and finished with 11-of-34 from the field.
The All-Star forward also finished with 16 rebounds and 11 in the win, as the Cavaliers, playing without the injured Kyrie Irving, tied the series 1-1 with their first NBA Finals victory in franchise history.
James, who won two titles with the Miami Heat, was grabbing his fifth NBA Finals triple-double.
Timofey Mozgov scored 17 points and 11 rebounds, J.R. Smith added 13 points and Tristan Thompson contributed 14 boards for Cleveland, which went just 9-for-27 from three-point range.
Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 34 points on 14-of-28 shooting, while Stephen Curry finished with 19 points, despite going just 5-of-23 from the floor and 2-of-15 from three-pointers in the defeat.
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Harrison Barnes chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds and Draymond Green added 10 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three blocks for Golden State.
Game 1 and Game 2 of the NBA Finals went to overtime for the first time in league history.
Game 3 of the series will be Tuesday night in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Golden State Warriors 47-45 at half time in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on Sunday.
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***The initial score at half-time was 47-46 in favour of the Cavalier, but officials used a replay review to change a three pointer by Klay Thompson to a two point shot.***
LeBron James has so far scored 20 points and played 23 of the 24 first half minutes.
James, who shot 7-of-13 from the field also has six assists and six rebounds, while going 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Klay Thompson scored 11 of his 20 first half points in the second quarter to be the leading Warriors contributor thus far.
No other Golden State player scored in double-digits, as MVP Stephen Curry is only 2-of-10 from the floor, including 1-of-7 from three-point range, and has eight points.
Timofey Mozgov has 11 points and six boards for the Cavs, with James Jones so far contributing eight points and hit 2-of-3 from three point range.
The Cavs are without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured kneecap.
Irving, who was playing in his first NBA finals, limped off the court in Game 1 after playing 44 minutes and scoring 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists, four blocks and two steals in the 108-100 overtime defeat at the Warriors.
The 23-year-old former Duke Blue Devils super-star guard underwent a successful surgery on Saturday morning to repair the broken kneecap.
Irving could miss the early parts of next season because of the injury, with reports claiming his rehab could last up to 4 months.
Cleveland are already without Kevin Love, who suffered a shoulder injury during the first-round sweep of Celtics in April.