Warriors Take 2-0 Series Lead With Victory Over Cavaliers

06 Juin, 2017, 10:22 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

Through the first two games of the NBA Finals, the one consistent theme that has already emerged in the series is that Kevin Durant makes an already ridiculous Golden State Warriors team quite literally invincible.

The night began with a warm welcome back to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who returned to the bench after an 11-game absence.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant was once again the best player on the court as he electrified the gold-clad sold-out crowd in Oakland with 33 points and 13 rebounds to go along with five blocks three steals.

James was spectacular for defending champion Cleveland with his own triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but yet again didn't get almost enough help to keep up with Golden State's depth despite Kevin Love's 27 points and 19 from Kyrie Irving.

The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor.

Remember, the Warriors missed a ton of bunnies, got next to nothing from Thompson (3-of-16) or Draymond Green (3-of-12) and shot just 42.5 percent as a team in Game 1-and still scored 113 points. But the underlying reality is this: The Cavs' margin for error against the Golden State Warriors is nil, and that point was blasted home as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead with a 132-113 win.

Golden State had won a record 73 regular-season games past year and led 2-0 only for Cleveland to make the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and swipe the title.

"They're going a good job of sending two or three guys to box me out", Thompson said. Golden State equaled its four turnovers from Game 1 in the initial 5:12.

- LeBron James had powerfully dragged the Cavaliers into a competitive situation early in the fourth quarter on Sunday night, but for a chance at an upset, he needed a sliver of help in the final eight minutes to take this series back to Cleveland tied. "Trust me, we know". Durant and Curry then knocked down 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to balloon the lead to 121-99 and render most of the final 6:18 as garbage time.

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The game's defining sequence came in the third quarter when Curry used a dazzling display of dribbling to dart past the much-bigger James and finish with a layup off the glass. But just when it seemed they were going to run and hide again, the Cavaliers with seven straight points, highlighted by James feathering a pass over Klay Thompson to Kyrie Irving, made it 86-82.

"And to see him back on the bench was huge".

The decision to be at the game was announced just two hours before the game started. "We're young, healthy, and playing a game we love". No other player has more than two. Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Cleveland 41 (James 11), Golden State 53 (Durant 13).

The Cavaliers are led by forward LeBron James, who averaged 26.4 points per game during the regular season. "We're hoping that it's going to be a different story when we go home because at the end of the day, both teams play better at home".

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (more on him later) said after the game that Durant's defense was "unreal" and "probably the key to the whole game".

"(He'll say), 'We're better than that, we need to do this, we need to do that.' It's whatever needs to be said. "We're in the finals".

Durant carried over his offensive rhythm from Game 1, scoring 33, slamming a few emphatic dunks, hitting four 3s and handing out six assists.

Game Three is in Cleveland on Wednesday (Thursday NZT). They're going to try to get their 3-point shooters going and rebound the ball. "They won their first two games like they're supposed to".

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