CLEVELAND – At halftime of Game 7 on Sunday and with the Golden State Warriors leading by seven points, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had a final halftime message. Part of Lue’s speech was directed at LeBron James.
“He told us, ‘We’ve got 24 minutes. We’ve got to play as hard as we’ve ever played in the next 24 minutes,” James told USA TODAY Sports just before he got into a convertible for the most-anticipated parade in Cleveland history on Wednesday.
James said Lue looked at him and said, “ ‘It starts with you.’ He got on me a little bit. Told me to pick up everything I’ve been doing and give even more effort. We all responded.”
James delivered with The Block, rejecting Andre Iguodala’s layup attempt with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving provided The Dagger, a three-pointer from the right wing giving the Cavs a three-point lead with 53 seconds remaining. Kevin Lovecontributed with The Stop, playing outstanding defense on Steph Curry which helped the Cavs beat the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 On Sunday. Because of his play, he was named Finals MVP.