Cavaliers answer the call in win

With their season and 2016 Playoff lives on the line, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and the rest of the Cavaliers had their foot on the gas from the opening tip of Game 6 of the NBA Finals -- and never looked back. Even I can admit that as a longtime NBA fan, I didn't at all see this coming, but I can admit when I'm wrong. From the moment that the Warriors took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, there's no question that the NBA world -- save for the Cavs and their fans -- had written Cleveland off. And yet, here they are as they even these NBA Finals at 3 games a piece as they look to win it all on the road at Oracle Arena.

Whether it was because of the energy of their home crowd, or maybe because they simply wanted it more, Cleveland came out hungry with a fast start in the first quarter to build a lead that the Warriors were just never able to come back from once they'd gotten themselves deep in the hole. LeBron James put on an MVP-caliber performance, as he exerted his will on the game, and that energy bled into the rest of his team, with role players like Tristan Thompson coming up big on the boards while scoring in double figures.

Golden State Warriors collapse

On the Warriors side of things, Stephen Curry got himself into foul trouble early, which really put a dent in his game, and, even though he finished with 30 points, he was never able to get into the kind of rhythm he usually does, eventually fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Thompson was also inconsistent, and while he finished with 25 points to his credit, it was in no way pretty. While the Warriors did manage to get a spark off the bench from Leandro Barbosa, it wasn't enough to overcome the double-digit hole in which they found themselves, swelling to a 24-point deficit at its height.

Everything on the line in Game 7

It's going to be one game for all the marbles, and the Golden State Warriors do have the final game on their home floor in Oakland. Statistically, the home team has had the edge in Game 7's at home, and, even though the Warriors have not collectively been themselves since going up 3-1, perhaps their home crowd can rally their team and see them to their second consecutive title.

For the Cavaliers, they have to feel good about themselves going into Game 7 considering how they've answered the bell these last 2 games. LeBron James has yet to give Cleveland a championship, and, if he and the rest of the team manage to do so, under these odds and under these circumstances, it'll be the kind of comeback that will live on in NBA Finals lore. If the Cavaliers do manage to win Game 7, come back from 3-1 down, and give Cleveland their first-ever NBA Championship as both a city and a franchise, it'll be the kind of storybook ending that essentially writes itself into the NBA history books.

Which storyline will ultimately win out? We'll just have to wait and see, as Game 7 tips-off Sunday on ABC.

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