Warriors dominate Cavaliers again, take 2-0 series lead

Paola Ditto
Giugno 5, 2017

The Warriors outscored the Cavs by 11 points in the third, opening up a double-digit lead heading into the final period and won Game 2 handily, 132-113, to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as the Finals shifts to Cleveland on Wednesday.

James, who is making his seventh consecutive finals appearance (four with Miami and three with Cleveland), said the Cavs kept it close until midway through the third period. Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds, and played fantastic defense on LeBron James for much of the night.

Kerr had been steadily doing more in recent weeks, including running practices, watching film and being in coaching meetings, but he had remained out of the limelight for most the six weeks, allowing lead assistant Mike Brown to remain the team's interim head coach, deal with interviews and coach in the games. Hardy is 6-for-10 in two regional games thus far.

Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double, with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

But this time the Warriors' two MVPs had help from Klay Thompson (22 points) and Draymond Green (12 points, six rebounds and six assists), who both struggled to find their outside shooting touch in Game 1. He attended the pregame news conference Sunday and said he had not yet told his players that he would be back coaching, though said they knew in recent days that he was improving.

Cavaliers superstar LeBron James had 29 points for last season's champions, but it was not enough to prevent the Warriors continuing their unbeaten streak in the 2016-17 playoffs. "And when you don't get to them, they make you pay".

James and Love combined to make 24 of 41 shots in Game 2, while the rest of the team shot just 36 percent, with only Irving even reaching double figures in scoring. I know he didn't lose confidence in himself, at all, and knew he was helping us win, even though he wasn't shooting the ball well.

This isn't completely effort thing, it's just personnel - Kyle Korver can't guard anyone, and Lue tried to go with Channing Frye but has given up on that experiment. "We had a lot of guys who played exceptionally well individually, and we played with great energy". And you got to expect them to play, obviously, better at home. "We're never anxious about him and his shooting or anything and spotlight that's on that".

Victory didn't come as easy in Game Two as it did in Game One for Golden State. But as they are wont to do, the Warriors exploded in the second half and took this one by almost 20 points. But they haven't seen a team like these Warriors, because nobody has.

Not that it matters when Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are playing like MVPs.

"For him the whole priority was his health, and I think he's in a good place right now", Curry said. If you are not in Golden State's locker room, though, you might see it differently.

"I'm not a past guy too much", he said.

There are no changes to the starting lineups from Game 1 for either team, which is not a surprise.

All this while facing a team of nearly equal brilliance led by James, who had that look of menace and "I've got this" on his face most of the night and finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists - tying Magic Johnson's record of eight National Basketball Association final triple-doubles.

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored his first points of the series on a driving dunk midway through the first quarter.

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