The Golden State Warriors held serve at home defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-103 on Sunday night taking a 2-0 series lead to Cleveland. They set the tone in this one from the beginning after starting off slow in Game 1 and it was led by Steph Curry. The Warriors who are now 14-1 at the Oracle this postseason have to only protect home court to win back to back championships.
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Two-Time MVP Steph Curry who led all scorers with 33 points (scoring 16 in 4th) also had a NBA Finals record nine made three pointers and made shots that demoralized the Cavs players. He was 11 of 26 from the field and 9 of 17 from three and also had a team high 8 assist and 7 rebounds to go along with it. Kevin Durant was a huge contributor as well being very efficient making 10 shots on just 14 attempts he also had a team high 9 rebounds for the Warriors. Klay Thompson who was hobbled coming into Game 2 after having his ankle rolled up on by Cavaliers guard JR Smith chipped in with 20 points on 8-13 shooting.
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They got unusual contributions from Javale McGee (who started in place of Kevon Looney) and veteran Shaun Livingston. They combined for 22 points without missing a field goal (11-11) and were a huge boost to a team that was without vet and former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the second straight game. McGee was a factor in the beginning and the Cavs were not able to adjust and brought a different element and pace to the team. Livingston has been a steady vet Coach Steve Kerr has been able to rely on especially in the previous series against the Houston Rockets and someone he will continue to rely on to bring home back to back championships.
The Warriors started the game 9-9 in the restricted area in the first quarter and the Cavs didn’t seem to make adjustments to keep the Warriors from getting easy shots. This may have been a critical point in setting the tempo moving forward. They were a plus +18 from three with Curry’s nine three point field goal makes matching the Cavs total.
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LeBron James who once again led the Cavaliers from the start to finish was one rebound away from a triple-double finished with 29 points, 13 assist, and 9 rebounds. He played all but four minutes in this one and was 10-20 from the field. The Warriors did a better job throwing different bodies and looks in his direction and made things a little more uncomfortable for him than they did Game 1 and he knows this team a little room for error.
He got the help from fellow All-Star Kevin Love who contributed another double-double scoring 22 points and grabbing a team high 10 rebounds. George Hill and Tristan Thompson combined for 26 points and 10-20 from the field. JR Smith did not have a great game scoring only 5 points on 2-9 shooting.
The Cavs head back to the Quicken Loans arena where they only have 1 loss this postseason. They face a "must win" on Wednesday night. James should likely get better play from other's not named Love at home and they should come out with a hit first mentality. If they don't approach it that way, this one may not make it back to the Oracle.
Game 3: Wednesday 6/6
What To Watch For: Does LeBron have to be historical again for this Cavs team to have a chance?