Curry, Durant Lead Warriors To A 2-0 Finals Lead

Ross Houston
June 5, 2017

Curry posted his first career playoff triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Kevin Durant had another mind-boggling stat line with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals. "Especially with Draymond out [because of foul trouble]".

Golden State moved within two games of becoming the first National Basketball Association champion to complete an unbeaten playoff run, seizing a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series, which shifts to Cleveland for games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday. "We're just trying to play good basketball every time down the floor".

Durant not only has been imposing his will offensively but he's been playing what might be the best defense on the team at this point.

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.

Delightful, fun, multi-dimensional, high-powered weapons that leave you exhausted just watching them - particularly Durant and Curry, whose play through two games has been transcendent.

Most importantly the Cavs cleaned up those possessions from the opener when Kevin Durant simply walked to the basket uncontested and dunked. He was fantastic on this night, shooting 52 percent (12-of-23) and scoring 27 points to go along with 7 rebounds.

LeBron James had powerfully dragged the Cavaliers into a competitive fight 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. "But the second half, I think we settled in, tried to play simple and defensively just tried to contest their shots", Durant said.

LeBron James has another NBA Finals triple-double. They're going to try to get their 3-point shooters going and rebound the ball. "I'm more of a present guy so we just got to figure out how we can be better in Game 3".

Kevin Love provided a needed scoring boost in Game 2 after Kyrie Irving did the same in Game 1 but nearly no one else came through, sending the Cavs to a 132-113 loss and an 0-2 series deficit. And the Warriors have 13 turnovers already, which the Cavs have turned into 17 points.

Never forget. As great as the Warriors have looked, and as outmatched as the Cavs appear to be, there's always that familiar fallback: The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead. just last season.

Having Kerr there sure did - the Warriors felt whole again. He hadn't shot well in the Finals, well, ever, having been under 35 percent his past four Finals games dating to previous year.

Now we find out how well Durant's game travels to the road in this year's NBA Finals.

"That's what everyone wants to see, some of the best players in the world go against each other", Klay Thompson said. Thompson played in his 78th postseason, most in franchise history.

And now after Game 2 on Sunday, the Cavs might be looking to employ a four-corners approach in Game 3.

"We all got better and we have worked well together throughout the season", Durant said.

Curry credited his first finals triple double to the tension of the title quest and the effort needed to answer the Cavs' challenge. With Mike Brown as acting head coach, the Warriors have gone 11-0.

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