Golden State shot 18-for-43 (41.9 percent) from 3-point range, outscoring the Cavaliers 54-24 from beyond the arc. He drove the lane with all his might, flew around on defense with disruptive intentions. LeBron James is focused on keeping the National Basketball Association gold in Cleveland!Durant even filled in as the small ball center while Green sat most of the game with foul trouble.
"They're going keep to coming, man", Currysaid. With seven All-Stars on the court, Curry shined brightest in the deciding quarter. The Warriors went on to win the game by another double-digit margin, 132-113.
Durant and Curry each scored 15 first-half points, but Golden State had 13 turnovers at the break after just four in the series opener.
Ian Clark and Thompson made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help the Warriors build the lead to 12 in the third minute of the second period.
The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points.
Now what can the Cavaliers do to avoid being steamrolled by the Warriors? "We play that same game in Cleveland there's no way we win".
Durant, the celebrated (and/or ridiculed) offseason acquisition, tallied 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals Sunday, making him the first player to post those numbers in a playoff game.
8 - Triple doubles for LeBron James in the NBA Finals, tying the record set by Magic Johnson. Kevin Love was no slouch, piling up a 27-point game after he had a 21-rebound showing in Game 1. But Curry's warped the game.
Golden State's defense gave the Cavs trouble for the second straight game and Irving was asked about why the Warriors have been able to make it hard for him in the first two games of the series. After sipping beer from the sideline and spinning the ball in Serge Ibaka's face, it was the Cavaliers turn to be disrespected.
Curry made all 14 of his free throws. Nor is his defense haunting like those two, each of whom have the task of defending a Hall of Famer in this series.
Thompson converted an inbounds play into a hoop and Durant scored on a drive.
But Curry's impact has to be understood.
And as Cavs head coach Ty Lue pointed out, offence has become a bigger challenge than ever because Irving is expending so much energy chasing Steph Curry and Thompson around at the other end.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was back on the sidelines for the first time since the first round. This is why he invited Durant. James sounded grimly determined after Game 2. Because the attention he draws, the underappreciated skills he has _ such as setting screens and outlet passing _ can be fully maximized by Durant. "I did that. I'm excited, and it's good to be back". "Trying to be aggressive every opportunity I have".
"We just have to sustain effort over the entire game". The journey is unbelievable. "I want to keep it going".
An overlooked aspect of Curry's game is his movement away from the ball. It also matched Paul Pierce for most in a Finals quarter.
"We still remember what happened previous year", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. Add in a healthier Curry and the Cavs have found no weak spot.