Kyrie on LeBron's Game 7 heroics: 'I watched Beethoven tonight'
It just wasn't LeBron James' scoring which helped the Cleveland Cavaliers emerge victorious in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but his rebounding, passing, and defense on the Golden State Warriors that got his team, and the franchise as a whole, over the hump.
Teammate Kyrie Irving couldn't help but marvel at how The King orchestrated Cleveland's monumental moment, even going as far as comparing him to a legendary composer.
"I'm very thankful that I have a guy like that that's leading our team that I can continue to learn from. And when my time does come of being able to lead a franchise and see the landscape of how it's supposed to be composed, I watched Beethoven tonight right now of LeBron James compose a game," Irving said of James. "He had a freakin' triple-double in Game 7 of an NBA Finals game."
The four-time league MVP played all but 71 seconds in the series finale at Oracle Arena, scoring 27 points on 9-of-24 shooting, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out 11 assists. He also chipped in two steals and three blocked shots.
It was the seventh time in his Finals career that James has notched a triple-double, as well as his 16th in a playoff game and 58th overall.
Irving had 26 points in his own right, helping the Cavaliers capture their first championship in franchise history and ending a 52-year drought in The Land.
"There will still be naysayers, but I know it doesn't matter to him. It doesn't matter to me. All that matters is we're champions and our whole team is etched in history," Irving added.
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