Warriors go up 2-0 in another blowout win over Cavs

Paola Ditto
Giugno 6, 2017

Having two of the best players in the game affords a team quite a few luxuries, not least of which is the ability to play a superstar at all times.

The Golden State Warriors continued their flawless run through the postseason with a 132-113 Game 2 win Sunday, building a 2-0 lead in the 2017 NBA Finals over Cleveland.

But if anything was clear after Game 2, it's that the Warriors are up to challenge. He averaged a career-best 19.2 points per game with Dallas this season, but Durant simply is on a whole different level.

Cleveland will first have to turn things around at home in Game 3 Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.

Durant and Curry had 15 points apiece for the Warriors in the half.

Kevin Durant is the second-best player in the world and this series is a showcase for what makes him so good. Curry added 11 assists and 10 rebounds for a triple double. Only former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson had 8 prior finals triple doubles.

Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough.

Kevin Love contributed 27 points and seven boards for the Cavs. He had 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting and was the driving factor in the Cavaliers' keeping the game close through three quarters. Draymond Green chipped in 12 points despite battling foul trouble for the second straight game. They limited their turnovers to nine after coughing up 20 in Game 1, and the easy dunks Durant piled up in Thursday's opener weren't there.

The Warriors won this game on the 3-point line, where they made 18 on 43 attempts (the 18 3s are a Finals record) to Cleveland's 8 on 29 tries. Curry, Thompson and Durant each nailed four 3s.

After watching the Warriors use a 13-2 run to help build a 102-88 lead by the end of the third quarter, the Cavaliers retained hope when they held Golden State to just one field goal in the first 2:08 of the fourth quarter. They coughed up 20 turnovers for 23 Cavs' points.

And, yes, still won by 19.

Golden State's record-breaking 14th consecutive postseason win came in Steve Kerr's return to the Warriors' bench after he missed the previous 11 games while dealing the spinal-fluid issues. In fact, this has played a huge part in impacting the first two games of the NBA Finals.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue's adjustments were to counter with Channing Frye off the bench (he didn't play in Game 1) and to play Kyle Korver more than center Tristan Thompson in a smaller lineup.

Cavs guard J.R. Smith failed to score, and backup point guard Deron Williams still hasn't scored in the Finals.

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