Durant and Curry dominate for Game 2

Solenn Plantier
Juin 6, 2017

Better wasn't good enough.

"They won two games", Lue said, "now we've got to go home and regroup".

It felt like the wine and gold were constantly trying to close a 10-point gap. And that's why the Warriors are two wins away from the title they have spent a year waiting to reclaim. Kevin Love had a strong game with 27 points and seven boards in 30 minutes. James was especially fantastic, dishing out five assists in the first 12 minutes. The quarter ended with Golden State leading 102-88.

Steph Curry was excellent, and he recorded his first triple double in the finals, and also, he was flawless from the free throw line hitting all 14 attempts.

With Curry also making a triple-double, it was only the second time in play-off history that opposing players have achieved the feat in the same game - the first coming in 1970 by New York Knicks' Walt Frazier and Milwaukee Buck's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It was excellent defense on James's part. It was that level of leeway that was the basis of Golden State's pitch to Durant when the team met with him in free agency last July in the Hamptons.

Wednesday, June 7: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

Durant's rim protection as the Warriors played small was a huge storyline. He then pushed it upcourt, planted a transition 3, backpedalled and ripped away James' dribble for one of his three steals. 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.

"We've got to be better as far as not relaxing, not falling asleep, the 50/50 balls, we got to get to those".

The issue for the Cavaliers is if they try to slow it down and make it a more defensive-oriented contest, the Warriors are an elite halfcourt defensive team. Love was fantastic, as well.

Once again James will have two days of rest before the next game but that didn't help between Games 1 and 2. They have to play the next two games in the cauldron that is Quicken Loans Arena, and they have some cleaning up to do after committing 20 turnovers.

"I could play much better", he said. If his draft partner Irving can't find his game, it is completely impossible to see the Cavaliers pulling off a comeback. If he's got his shot back, then this series could be over in a flash. He said he meant to coach the team for the remainder of the best-of-seven series.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to match a record with his eighth career NBA Finals triple double.

Kevin Durant is the second-best player in the world and this series is a showcase for what makes him so good.

"It's awesome", Klay Thompson said.

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.

To be fair to LeBron, it was at best an incredibly poorly worded question. James did answer questions at his locker but was testy and combative at times.

"That's what they do", James said. So if you were wondering what the hot take was gonna be after James dropped a triple double?

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