They had a certainty about them that they'd play better than they had in the opener of these NBA Finals. "But it's definitely great to see him over there and have him talking in the timeouts and out there leading us". "That's what he does".
But the Warriors had the answer as sharp-shooting guard Stephen Curry stepped up with a triple-double of his own - 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, while also committing eight turnovers.
"Their offense is constantly moving, so you've got to be locked in", Lue says.
Golden State improved to 14-0 this postseason to keep alive a chance of becoming the first group to go unbeaten all the way to a title.
The pace went up and the Cavs went out as the Warriors, after some early slop, looked even better and faster and downright scarier than in the first game. "Much more physical today than we were in Game 1", he pointed out, adding, "And we forced them to 20 turnovers, and they still beat us pretty good".
Despite the former MVP's historic numbers, Warriors fan were likely more excited to see splash bro Klay Thompson find his stroke with a 22-point effort on 8-12 shooting including four 3-pointers.
Game 3 will be played Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena as the best-of-seven series shifts to Cleveland, Ohio, for the next two games.
Smiling, cracking jokes and looking more comfortable than he has in recent weeks, Kerr declared himself ready to be back on the bench for the first time he coached the Warriors since April 19.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - LeBron James has been brilliant in the first two games of the NBA Finals, which still have been lopsided losses for his Cleveland Cavaliers. This was not a flawless game for them by any stretch and it was still more than enough to overcome James at near his best.
"I'm just seeing a lot of bodies", Irving said. "Just coming into halftime again down by three points, and they jump on us again". The Warriors squandered a 3-1 lead to the Cavs a year ago to miss a repeat.
"We play that same game in Cleveland, there's no way we win", said Kerr. "Trust me, we know".
But it's going to be hard to move Thompson for two reasons: 1) His agent is Rich Paul, who is LeBron's guy; 2) Thompson is making $16.4 million next year, then $17.4 million, then $18.5 million. Curry had 15 points in the quarter, going 10-for-10 at the free throw line.
Durant scoring 33 points is nothing new as the All-Star gets buckets on the regular.
But the Warriors are much more than just Durant, of course.
It didn't matter in the end.
It would feel really nice to write that Kerr's fantasy scene came to life. "We're young, healthy, and playing a game we love". "That's all the motivation we need", Green said. "So we got to just keep going, man, keep our foot on the gas and keep getting better every day".
Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored his first points of the series on a driving dunk midway through the first quarter.
Highlighting their dominance, the Warriors also recorded the highest score in an National Basketball Association finals game since 1987 when the Los Angeles Lakers registered 141 points against Boston.
Percentages: FG.450, FT.789.
"We made runs, cut it to four (points). couple of turnovers, couple of miscues defensively and they made us pay for it".
Percentages: FG.517, FT.917.
James hit 8 of 12 shots and had 18 points in the first half as the Cavaliers, down 50-38 at one point, hung within 67-64 at the break.
Team Rebounds: 6; Individual Rebounds: 53 (Durant 13).