And it was James who led last year's Cavs' comeback, willing his team to find the strength and toughness to prevail in a seven-game slugfest.
Game Three is in Cleveland on Wednesday.
But that wasn't enough.
Note: Steve Kerr, who had been sidelined by constant pain because of complications following a pair of back surgeries almost two years ago, returned to coach the Warriors after more than six weeks and plans to coach the remainder of the NBA Finals.
This game was also Steve Kerr's first game coaching the Warriors since Game 3 of the first round, as he's been dealing with an ailing back.
There was a series where the 6-foot-11 Durant blocked a Love shot, then bolted down the court and made a layup right over James. "So we're just trying to stay in the moment". While Durant's Hall-of-Fame cast is clicking, LeBron's had to do most of the heavy lifting himself, and the only intrigue in this series is seeing if he can pull off another massive upset.
"We know this is far from over".
"I'm not a past guy, too much". Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games - six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago. It was that level of leeway that was the basis of Golden State's pitch to Durant when the team met with him in free agency last July in the Hamptons.
That's been quite evident through two games.
- Klay Thompson appeared his 78th career postseason game to pass Jeff Mullins for the most in franchise history.
When the Warriors' stars are scoring like that, there's no way anyone - not even James - can counter them. "But when I'm done, I'll probbaly look back on it and say it was a cool feat".
"We're going to go home, watch the film, see ways we can be better, see if we can be a lot better defensively and offensively".
"I thought for the most part with the game plan that we had we tried to execute it as close as possible", he told reporters after the game. He's one of the great players of all time, we all know that. And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good.
Maybe that's what it will take - an angry James - for the Cavs to regroup.
That seemed like a bad omen for the Cavaliers, and things got worse once the second half got underway.
Golden State's Stephen Curry joked about singer Rihanna on Saturday after the famous Cleveland Cavaliers fan's courtside antics during the NBA Finals opener. "I've just got to keep battling". That's what makes it so much fun, to feel the energy of the Finals.
That's what the presence of Curry and Durant will do - even when someone as brilliant as James is playing against them. They are now two wins away from making their case as the greatest team of all time.