Cavaliers survive in California to send the NBA Finals to a sixth game

Cleveland defeated Golden State 112-97

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Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the Golden State Warriors to win Game 5 of the NBA Finals away from home. The Warriors now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

LeBron James and Kyrie Iriving both scored 41-points in the 112-97 win. The teams were level at 61-61 at half-time before the Cavaliers pulled away in the third-quarter.

Draymond Green missed the game due to suspension and his absence showed as James and Irving both ran riot in the second half. The Golden State star will return in time for Game 6 in Cleveland.

The win means that Cleveland, at the very worst match last year's performance in the Finals. In 2015, they lost 4-2 to the Warriors over six games in the Finals.

If the Cavaliers are to win their first NBA Finals, they will have to win at home in the early hours of Friday morning, followed by a potential winner-takes-all match in Oakland on Sunday night. 

If the Cavaliers are to win the series, they will become the first team ever to come back from a 3-1 series deficit and win the NBA Finals.