A historic 51-point Game 1 performance from LeBron James wasn't enough to top the defending champions, and Game 2 showcased just how hard it is to beat a team with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all shooting the lights out.
"We've had an opportunity to win two of these games in this series and we haven't come up with it", James said.
During his press conference, Durant noticed the middle finger salute and responded in kind by mouthing, "Fuck you". The Cavaliers opted to trap Curry from the opening tip, and the Warriors countered by working the ball into Durant at the midpost and letting him go to work one-on-one.
"That wasn't the same shot", James told reporters in Cleveland.
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The lineup with Shaun Livingston and the Warriors' four All-Stars didn't play at all in regulation of Game 1, but was on the floor for all but the last three seconds of overtime, scoring 15 points on Golden State's first six possessions of the extra period to make Cleveland pay for its late-fourth-quarter mistakes.
With the Cavaliers playing well in front of their home crowd, there were times the Warriors seemed vulnerable in part because Curry had the worst shooting game of his postseason career. KD should now just go back to his "Slim Reaper" nickname, as he is just killing the hopes and dreams of anyone thinking they can beat the Warriors... Moreover, Durant also was a ideal 7-for-7 from the foul line and grabbed 13 rebounds to go with seven assists. In a Q. and A. with The Times, Bryant said "I don't understand how, in order to talk about how great LeBron is we need to [expletive] on everybody else". They play Game 4 in Cleveland on Friday. "Kevin Durant was my answer", James said.
Then, as they often do, the Warriors exploded in the third quarter, using a quick 9-3 spurt after the break to level the score and taking off from there.
He finished with 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting in 26 minutes.
"Just got to be better", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said tersely when asked about the defensive issues. If Curry and Thompson both have off nights, they still have the second-best player in the game. "I just wanted to hear what they were talking about". JaVale McGee scored on a series of lay-ups, Curry started to find his shot and Durant kept pouring in bucket after bucket. "It's nearly like playing the Patriots".