In many ways this felt like Cleveland's best punch: LeBron was unstoppable in the first half going to the rim, Kevin Love put up numbers, the Cavalier role players did better. That after blowing away the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 to take a 2-0 lead in the series, the players lined up to talk about how they had, indeed, won one for their ailing coach. "So we just got to figure out how we can be better in Game 3". "I was just kind of like a chicken with my head cut off, just running circles".
James: I don't know. We know how hard it is to be the best team in the league.
Since joining the Warriors last summer, though, it's 3-1, the teams splitting two games in the regular season and the Warriors winning Games 1 and 2 of The Finals.
Comebacking Warrior's coach Steve Kerr. Through two games of the 2017 Finals, the occasionally volatile Green has kept his composure so far, not earning any technical fouls or anything of that sort. Curry also had a triple-double - 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
When the Warriors' stars are scoring like that, there's no way anyone - not even James - can counter them.
There are many things to examine within the first two games of this series, and a good number of words will be devoted to it. He dunked, he shoved Warriors out of the way, he found impossible angles, got insane bounces on the rim to go his way.
"Much more physical today than we were in Game One".
James was equally spectacular with a triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but 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. James produced a 29-point, 11-rebound and 14-assist effort and, going by his current form, won't be sharing that record with Johnson for too much longer. The Cavs made some vital adjustments on Sunday, reducing their turnover count and moving the ball around much more effectively than they did Game 1.More news: United Kingdom prime minister faces pre-election heat over London attack
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That seemed like a bad omen for the Cavaliers, and things got worse once the second half got underway.
LeBron James had powerfully dragged the Cavaliers into a competitive situation early in the fourth quarter Sunday night, but for a chance to beat the Warriors, he needed a sliver of help in the final eight minutes to take the NBA Finals back to Cleveland tied.
The game changed quite a bit tonight from Game 1.
"We played with great energy, but heading to Cleveland, we're gonna have to be a lot smarter", Kerr told reporters post-game. As promised, they played faster and cleaner, getting their possessions up and turnovers down. "It was great to see him out there feeling better, enjoying his job again". It was his first career postseason triple-double and the best Finals game of his career. "And so it's really nice to be back".
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.
The timing of Kerr's decision created some concern about its impact on his team. The Cavaliers can't win without their Big 3 hanging tough with the Warriors' Big 4.
" A Steph Curry triple-double, highlighted by a masterful dribbling exhibition that spun around LeBron James before he scooped in a layup over his sledgehammer block". After opening the first quarter on a roll, they found themselves down 10 with five minutes still to go in the first quarter, but closed it to six to end the period.