“It’s tough to consider behind to all a games, though he was extensive — 9 3s and seemed to strike a large shot each time we indispensable one,” manager Steve Kerr said. “He was fantastic.”
Kevin Durant found his solid cadence to measure 26 points to go with 9 rebounds and 7 assists while also doing a bucket of a defensive assignment opposite LeBron James. Klay Thompson combined 20 points personification on a proposal left leg to put a fortifying champions dual victories from a repeat pretension they have talked about given a deteriorate began final fall.
The Warriors tweeted out a mangle down of a sum points from Sunday’s game:
James followed adult his 51-point opening in Game 1 with 29 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds in a distant tamer finals supplement reduction a complete idiocy of a drama-packed opener 3 days prior.
Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 play for a cold-shooting Cavs, who will now try to benefit some movement behind home.
Curry had a shot of a night with 7:54 to play, creation an off-balance swish from several feet behind a 3-point arc over Love as a shot time wound down, afterwards backpedaled in pristine joy. Curry fell into a initial quarrel of fans with a baseline 3 again over Love and four-point play during a 5:44 symbol of a fourth.
“He creates tough shots, that’s what he does,” Cavs manager Tyronn Lue said. “… Once he releases it and he sees a basket, he customarily creates it.”
James forked with both hands after his 3 with 11:04 remaining got his group within seven, before Curry answered from low a subsequent dual trips down a floor. Curry squatted low to admire his shot as it went in during one indicate and galloped behind in fun after he strike dual low 3s late in a initial half.
They had a moving impulse in a third, too.
James became raging during a officials for a no-call on Curry, who ran underneath a Cavs star and didn’t let him land with 3:54 remaining in a entertain as James held Love’s prolonged pass and went out of bounds. Lue was strike with a technical, observant following he didn’t contend most though was on a court.
JaVale McGee scored 12 points, creation all 6 of his shots in his initial career NBA Finals start as Kerr done a lineup switch that valid symbol on.
The typically fit Durant connected on 10 of 14 shots after going only 8 for 22 — 1 of 7 on 3s — in a opener though still scoring 26 points.
Last year’s NBA Finals MVP done his initial 5 margin goals Sunday, pushing right during James on offense and doing all he could to trouble him on defense.
James strike a 3 over Durant’s outstretched arm mid by a third, afterwards Tristan Thompson’s basket a subsequent possession pulled a Cavs within 72-66. But they couldn’t enclose Curry and a rest of a Warriors for extended stretches.
The Warriors vowed to make it harder for James to beget good looks after he shot 19 for 32 in a array opener, and James went 12:06 of diversion time between done baskets.
James went 10 for 20, display few signs his shot was altered by a bloodshot left eye. He had been holding antibiotics and regulating drops after being poked in a eye by Draymond Green in a initial half Thursday.
The Warriors warranted aThursday night — featuring J.R. Smith’s fumble when he grabbed an descent miscarry in a loss moments of law and dribbled behind toward halfcourt rather than sharpened for a victory, and an overturned assign call opposite James.
Smith perceived rousing cheers from a home fans during pregame introductions and “M-V-P!” chants greeted him when he went to a tainted line.
Thompson played after bruising his reduce left leg when Smith slid into him in a initial entertain Thursday. The Warriors All-Star has never missed a postseason game.
Kerr went with 7-foot large male McGee to start in place of Kevon Looney – McGee’s 10th career start in a postseason.
McGee scored a initial 4 points as Golden State done a initial 7 shots and 10 of 11. That enclosed Thompson’s take from James during a 3-point line heading to Green’s asperse moments after and a Cleveland timeout down 15-6 during a 8:14 mark.
McGee’s 5 baskets by 26 mins matched James’ total.
Another pivotal purpose player, Shaun Livingston, done his 5 field-goal tries for 10 points to give Golden State a lift in a initial half after creation all 4 of his shots Thursday.
Cavaliers: James’ first-half line: 15 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, dual steals. His initial points — a initial for Cleveland — came on a goaltend by McGee. … After holding a 19-4 corner on a descent potion in Game 1, a Cavs were 15-7 on Sunday.
Warriors: Thompson played in his franchise-record 100th postseason game. He also became a sixth actor to ever make 300 3s in a postseason, fasten Curry as a Warriors to strech a feat. … The Warriors were 13 of 15 from inside a arc in a opening quarter. They shot 59.5 percent in a initial half notwithstanding going 6 of 19 on 3s. They finished 15 for 36 from prolonged range. … Golden State is 13-3 in postseason Game 2s dating to a 2015 pretension run.
Iguodala still out
Warriors brazen Andre Iguodala missed his sixth true postseason diversion nursing a bone hash in his left knee.
Kerr stays confident a 2015 NBA Finals MVP will play during some indicate in a series.
“They’re damn good with him and they’re damn good but him,” James said. “No matter offensively or defensively. Listen they’ve had a two-time MVP lay out playoff games and they’ve won, all right. They’re good. They’re great, actually.”