Cavs beat Warriors 96-91, take 2-1 series lead

Cavs LeBron James celebrates after 3-pointer makes it 87-80 Cleveland in the 4th quarter. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND, Oh. (AP) — LeBron James had 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers held on for a 96-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors and a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors trimmed a 20-point deficit down to one with about 2 1/2 minutes left, but Matthew Dellavedova converted a three-point play, James made a 3-pointer and Tristan Thompson added a free throw for an 88-80 advantage with 1:31 to play.

Stephen Curry’s 3-pointer later trimmed it to 94-91 before James hit two free throws to finish it.

Dellavedova finished with 20 points for the Cavs, who host Game 4 on Thursday.

Curry rebounded from a slow start to finish with 27 points for the Warriors.

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