|Cleveland Cavaliers megastars LeBron James (right) and Kyrie Irving|
By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview,
CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.ON-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Golden State Warriors 109-108 at Quicken Loans Arena on Christmas Day in Cleveland, all but a re-match of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals that brought Cleveland a championship under the leadership of megastars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
It was one of the most anticipated match-ups of the year, and fans of both premier teams got their money's worth.
First in the Western Conference, Golden State led 95-82 with 9:19 left in the game only to come up a loser after Cleveland, which is first in the Eastern Conference, erased a 14-point fourth quarter deficit.
James, this year's sportsperson of the year for Sports Illustrated, led his team in scoring with 31 points, his highest of the season, and had 13 rebounds, nine of them in the first half, the latter a season-high for the Akron, Ohio native, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player.
Irving, who scored 25 points yesterday and made the key shot in Game 7 of the Finals earlier this year, hit a fade away jumper over Klay Thompson to win the game with only 3.4 seconds left.
Irving said after his team's victory that "it was just a Christmas Day game, another classic with a great team."
Cavs Head Coach Tyronn Lue, who is Black, complimented Irving's Christmas Day performance and said "he was a killer on the court."
Kevin Love followed Irving in scoring for the Cavs, and had 20 points and six rebounds, while second-stringer Channing Frye put up 10 points.
The Cavs snapped a seven game winning streak of the Warriors and have won four in a row over Golden State since the Finals extravaganza, a thriller much like Sunday's holiday game.
Kevin Durant, who came aboard to the Warriors after the Finals, led the team with 36 points followed by Klay Thompson's 24 points.
Stephen Curry scored 15 points for Golden State and made only four of his 11 shots, likely one of several reasons his team lost in a close match-up, pundits said.