Curry forged a triple-double, Kevin Durant was 33 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks worth of pure brilliance and the Warriors, welcoming coach Steve Kerr back to the bench, overcame a LeBron James triple-double to clobber the Cavs, 132-113, for a 2-0 Finals lead.
The Cavaliers put up a strong fight but still fell 132-113 in Game 2 of the National Basketball Association finals to the Golden State Warriors, a superteam who are starting to look - and this postseason literally are - unbeatable.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Heading into Game 2, Thompson was mired in an extended playoff shooting slump.
WHAT'S NEXT: The teams meet Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for Game 6.
Thompson's lack of production has been particularly glaring considering how big a role he played the past two seasons, averaging a double-double in the Finals each of those years.
"If we take care of what we're supposed to take care of.it doesn't matter if it's the '96 Bulls.we would win". Trust me, we know, it was 2-0 past year and we lost.More news: Qatar flight ban begins as Gulf crisis grows
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"I don't want to get into what we need to do better".
However, the Warriors wore down the Cavaliers and began to pull away.
"They're going a good job of sending two or three guys to box me out", Thompson said.
"They're going keep to coming, man", Curry said. We had a lot of guys who played exceptionally well individually... But heading to Cleveland, we're going to have to be a lot smarter. Through two games, the Cavs have allowed 115.2 points per 100 possessions. "And they still beat us pretty good". Three nights after the Cavs turned the ball over 20 times, the Warriors did the same. "The answer was no, we did not repeat", he said.
"They're a different team". At one point Curry in the competitive time of the game, Curry was shown on the sidelines with a towel over his head not even watching the game. The Cavs trailed by just three points at the half, and after a Kevin Love 3-pointer early in the third quarter, it was still just a five-point game. James said, repeating a question he was asked regarding last year's two consecutive wins in Oakland compared to two straight losses this week. Would the Cavaliers have a shot at beating them in Golden State then?
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Though Durant anchored the offense and had a mammoth game overall, Thompson's reemergence as a scorer also proved a difference-maker for Warriors.
It was James who matched Durant's steals total but even in posting a triple-double (29 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds) in Game 2 was, on the whole, a level below.
You can analyze all aspects of the game and it might be just as simple of Durant providing so much for the Warriors on both ends of the floor. The Cavs were in the same spot previous year, went down 3-1 then rallied for the title. "But the second half, I think we settled in, tried to play simple and defensively just tried to contest their shots", Durant said.