The NBA's best came to play in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals Monday night, where the Cleveland Cavaliers stormed past the Golden State Warriors to notch their second win of the series. The Cavaliers were led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who each contributed 41 points in the 112-97 romping of the Warriors. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry also made a splash, but their combined 62 points was not enough for the Warriors to clinch at home.
The Warriors now travel back to Cleveland for Game 6 Thursday night in hopes of a second straight title. It will be a familiar setting for the Warriors, who claimed their first NBA championship in 30 years with a Game 6 win at Quicken Loans Arena last year. They'll be facing a resurgent Cavaliers team, however, who want nothing more than to force a Game 7 back in Oakland over the weekend.
For those interested in attending Game 6, there has been an uptick in price on the secondary market since the Cavaliers' Game 5 win. According to TicketIQ the average resale price for Game 6 NBA Final tickets is now $1,253.40, marking an 8.6% increase from Monday night's average of $1,154.24. If looking to just get in, the cheapest Game 6 tickets are listed from $423, up 4% from Monday's $405 get-in price.
On a night where James shined, it was Irving who stole the show, shooting a whopping 70% from the field while also going 5-7 from behind the arc. The tandem became the first teammates in NBA Finals history to register at least 40 points each in the same game. It was a coming out of sorts for the 24-year-old Irving, who missed the bulk of last year's Finals after dealing with a fractured left kneecap in Game 1.
Meanwhile, the Warriors will look to recuperate after letting the Cavaliers roll in the second half of Game 5. Missed shots and costly turnovers were two major factors in their now-forced expedition to Cleveland, though there is history in such a pattern. The Warriors were able to defeat the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals, winning by a final score of 105-97 in Game 6 last year. The two teams split wins in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland, each winning once by double digits.