When the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the score was 114-104.
The lead changed hands two times in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James made two free throws with 4:56 left to give the Spurs a 111-109 win.
James then went to the bench with a left calf strain.
He was able to return to the game a minute later.
Afterward, head coach Gregg Popovich said he was shocked when he watched the replay of James’ last shot.
“He didn’t even come back on the floor,” Popovich told reporters.
We’ve got to do better. “
I just didn’t think he was ready.
“You can’t have too many people on the court when it’s the last minute. “
He’s not going to come in and do that, especially when it was 114 points. “
You can’t have too many people on the court when it’s the last minute.
He’s not going to come in and do that, especially when it was 114 points.
He had to play a little bit better to make that happen.”
The Spurs have won 11 of their past 12 meetings with the Cavaliers, including four in a row in the series.
“Just keep it going, keep it rolling,” Pop said.
“If you play at your best, you’re going to win.
We just had to make sure that was the case.”
The Cavaliers led by 12 points at halftime but never got back in the game.
James missed the first five shots of the third quarter and had eight points in the third.
James made all five of his shots in the first half.
He finished with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he had confidence in James after the game, saying “he’s the best player in the league right now.”