CLEVELAND (Reuters) - LeBron James turned in another virtuoso playoff performance in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a thrilling 96-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
James had a game-high 40 points to go along with 12 rebounds and eight assists in front of a raucous crowd of red T-shirt-clad fans, as Cleveland grabbed the upper hand in the championship series against the top-seeded Warriors.
Cleveland led by as many as 20 points late in the third quarter but were put to the test as Golden State clawed back to within a point with under three minutes remaining.
The league's reigning Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry had a horrible start to the game for Golden State but had a strong fourth quarter to finish with a team-high 27 points.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Peter Rutherford)