Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, in his seventh straight finals, has a remarkable run of having won at least one game on the road in 29 straight post-season series. The Warriors won the first game handily, leading the Cavaliers by as many as 24 points, with the help of 38 points from Kevin Durant, whom James often guarded.
Golden State leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.
The Barbados born actress-singer bowed to Cleveland star LeBron James, dismissed hecklers among the hometown Warriors supporters and received a quick staredown from Kevin Durant after her assistant heckled him before a third-quarter free throw in Golden State's 113-91 victory in game one.
Steve Kerr got a front-row seat again for the show, delighted to be back on the bench witnessing those signature moments he has seen so many times before. And you could even say the Cavs played better in this year's Game 2.
That's been quite evident through two games.
"I just think about the game plan; I think about the matchups and things that we can do better", James said. Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant contributed 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while moving two wins from his first ring.
But Thompson is shooting just 36.6 percent from the floor in the playoffs after a 3-for-16 performance in Game 1 against the Cavaliers. And just for good measure, Klay Thompson made a decision to wake up, adding 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
"I don't get caught up in what I've done over the years", James said. They were averaging 14 triples a game but went cold from there, making just eight in this one.
But the Warriors made only three of their 13 3-point attempts in the half.
Go forensic on the stats, the lineups, the rotations, the play calls if you like, it's going to come down to the same endpoint. "And our ability to make sure that when we're mismatched in transition, that the only thing that matters is stopping the basketball and settling down in the half court, then we match up from there". "And they have a lot of guys who can shoot the basketball, have a lot of guys who are great passers, so you've got to be alert at all times". "We have to continue that if we want to win the series".
Kyrie Irving was off his game, and the Cavs finally had a bad night shooting the 3-pointer.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr walked into the press interview room a little less than two hours before tipooff of Game 2 of the NBA Finals. They're going to be way more aggressive in the pick-and-roll on the offensive end and defensively. They went a flawless 12-0 against their three opponents, Portland, Utah, and San Antonio.
In the second quarter the pace was as fast as in the first.
Durant was able to get into the lane and throw down dunks easily, while Curry had plenty of wide open three point shots. He hadn't reached double figures in points or rebounds this year in the first two games combined. I wanted to string together a few good days, I did that, and feeling well enough to coach.
Golden State holds a 2-0 lead in the Finals.