For the second straight game the Cleveland Cavaliers taved off their NBA Finals death, dominating the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 115-101 to force what will be a wild Game 7 on Sunday in Oakland. Behind 41 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds from LeBron James, the Cavs blitzed the Warriors from the early going and built a 20-point lead after the first quarter that they'd never relinquish. The Warriors were playing without Andrew Bogut and had Andre Iguodala (back spasms) hobbling much of the night, but couldn't figure out how to consistently score on the Cavs' defense or keep them from scoring. Stephen Curry had 30 points on 8-of-20 shooting, but battled foul trouble much of the night before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson chipped in 25 points but struggled with attacking the defense much of the night. The Cavs were also helped by a monster effort from Tristan Thompson, who had 15 points and 16 rebounds. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points. Cleveland held the Warriors to just 40.2 percent from the field during the game.
USA Through to Semi Finals of Copa America
The US national team kept their Copa America Centenario dream alive, as they defeated Ecuador 2-1 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Thursday to book their place in the semifinals.
The hosts took the lead in the 22nd minute, as Jermaine Jones sent a diagonal ball into the box that found the head of Clint Dempsey, who easily beat Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.
Minutes later, John Brooks continued his strong tournament with a timely block to cut out a goal-bound Michael Arroyo shot, preserving the US lead.
A player from each side was sent off in the 52nd minute, as Antonio Valencia received a second yellow card after kicking out at Alejandro Bedoya, and Jones received a straight red card in the subsequent scrum for an apparent swipe at the head of an Ecuador player.
The US doubled their lead just after the hour mark, as Gyasi Zardes ensured Dempsey's effort towards goal went in with a simple tap-in at the far post.
But Ecuador found their breakthrough in the 74th minute, as Arroyo buried a low shot through traffic off Walter Ayovi's free kick deep in the US end, and continued to pile on the pressure from there.
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