In a possible NBA Finals preview, the Cleveland Cavaliers avenged an earlier loss to the Golden State Warriors and made a statement thanks to a huge performance from LeBron James.
James recorded a season-high 42 points with 11 rebounds and five assists as the Cavs continued their hot play with a 110-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday night.
Cleveland, which has won four straight and 18 of its last 20, dropped a 112-94 decision against Golden State in early January that was the fourth loss of a season-high six-game losing streak.
James did not play in that game and it proved to be a huge difference in the rematch.
Kyrie Irving chipped in 24 points and Kevin Love posted 16 points and eight rebounds in the win.
Irving injured his shoulder and is listed as doubtful for Friday's game at Indiana.
David Lee paced the Warriors with 19 points and Draymond Green added 16 points and eight rebounds. Stephen Curry was locked down for most of the night, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the first quarter in the Warriors' second loss in their last three games.
Oklahoma City 113, Phoenix 117 (OT)