Curry, Durant lead Warriors to 2-0 lead with 132-113 rout

Taylor Byrd
June 5, 2017

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The Cavs were relentless offensively in the first half with LeBron James getting to the basket whenever he wanted, but for the second straight game Stephen Curry heated up in the third quarter - this time scoring 12 in the frame - to put the game out of reach.

While James has delivered - he had a triple-double Sunday night in Game 2 - it hasn't been almost enough against the superstar-laden Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers can level the series by winning game two Sunday before the series shifts to Cleveland for two games next week.

Fellow starters Tristan Thompson (eight points, four rebounds) and J.R. Smith (scoreless) were invisible again and no one on the bench stepped up leaving King James helpless for much of the night.

These are the two best teams in the National Basketball Association, yet it's as though they are not playing the same game. The problem was they couldn't stop Golden State's high-powered attack.

The unbeaten Warriors had been 11-0 under acting coach Mike Brown - "My guy did OK while I was gone", Kerr said with a grin.

The Warriors need to be careful to remember that tonight and when they head to Cleveland later in the week for Games 3 and 4.

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Rewind the tape on the Durant play a few extra seconds and the root cause of Cleveland's transition dilemma starts back from the screen. "Just having a guy that has been here, done that before, has so much confidence in everything that we do and walks the walk, allows us to be ourselves and be confident in approaching game two". "He's been such a big piece of our success the last three years, obviously", James said.

"It gives us a lot of confidence", Love said. That's how he finished with 32 points on 7-of-17 shooting and added 11 assists and 10 rebounds. They also set the record for the most consecutive playoff wins. You go home, you tend to get more comfortable.

Like the turnover issues, the Cavaliers can realistically expect their outside shooting to improve in Game 2 and beyond.

"When you turn the ball over, that's when they become very risky because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the three-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defence", James said. "So we know the gravity he pulls when he's out there, and his movement off of the ball is one of the main reasons why we're a good team".

Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland. "I talk to them".

But he was also fantastic without the ball, losing his defender to somehow find open shots in his third Finals series against a team whose defense is designed specifically to make sure that doesn't happen.

The sarcasm was dripping from his lips as he spoke, and understandably so if you have LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving on your team.

"I feel like it's back where it was before the Portland series", Kerr said.

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