Warriors do it again beat the Cavs 132-113 to take 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals

June 4, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, is fouled by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- The Golden State Warriors downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 in Game Two of the NBA Finals. The Warriors set an NBA record as they won their 14th consecutive game in a row without a loss in the playoffs.  The final score was 132-113 for Golden State. No team in NBA history has ever achieved that feat. In addition, the Warriors are now 29-1 in their last 30 games.

The Dubs, buoyed by the presence of head coach Steve Kerr’s presence on the bench played like a team on a mission to regain the championship they lost last year. The Cavaliers, to their credit, put up quite a fight for two and one-half periods of play but the Dubs were too much offensively and defensively for the Cavs. Steph Curry had his first triple-double of the playoffs, and Kevin Durant pitched in with a double-double. Add to the mix, the return to form by Klay Thompson and the Dubs had the recipe to win the game. The Cavs’ star LeBron James also had a triple-double, but the Cavs were minus 11 when he was on the floor. The Warriors defense clamped down on Kyrie Irving as they held him to just 19 points. Kevin Love had 27. Tristan Thompson had 8, and the rest of the Cavs added just 30.

The Warriors tallied 40 points in the first period. The Cavs replied with 34, but it looked like the Dubs were in control. The Cavs outscored the Dubs 30-27 in the second quarter but never led. The Dubs led 67-64 at the end of the first half, and the Cavs had to believe they had a chance to win as the headed to the locker room for the intermission. The Warriors and Cavs went at it tooth and nail in the second quarter until the Dubs decided to win the game. Steph made LeBron look silly on a play that was on everyone’s highlight reel. Steph, with Lebron guarding him, drove to his right. Steph stopped and made a slight turn driving to his left. LeBron was still guarding him closely. Steph drove right again, then left again, and Lebron had to watch as Steph blew by him and put a layup in with his right hand. Fantastic ball control by Steph Curry. The Dubs finished the quarter leading by 14 and increased the advantage to 22 about halfway through the fourth period. With less than three minutes left in the game, Kerr removed his starters and the second unit finished the game. The Dubs win 132-113.

Game notes and stats- Kevin Durant, who scored 38 points in Game One, finished the night with 33 points, six assists, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. He was plus 21 when he was on the floor. Klay Thompson played a great game on both ends of the court. He scored 22 points and made 4-3point shots. He was excellent on the defensive end and led the Dubs on defense and was plus 24. Draymond Green was saddled with five fouls but still managed to tally 12 points, 6 assists, and six boards. Steph Curry scored 32, had 10 assists, and 11 rebounds to lead the team to victory. Bench players Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingstone, and Ian Clark all made significant contributions to the Subs’ win.

After the game, KD had this to say:”We turned the ball over too much in the first half. But the second half, I think we settled in, tried to play simple and defensively just tried to contest their shots,”

Steph Curry was obviously elated by the return of Steve Kerr, and he said this about Steve:”He’s been around, the last couple weeks especially, giving us input and giving us what he’s got,” “But having him back on the bench means a lot. We love his presence. We love his voice. And we’re a full group when he’s out here. So that means a lot.”

Kerr made some comments about his return: “I’m going to pull out the `Win one for the Gipper’ speech,” Kerr joked. “`… Maybe get a little teary-eyed. Implore them to win it for me because it’s not important for them to win it for themselves.”

Many people are speculating the Dubs might sweep the series because they played so well the first two games. However, Kerr has to remind them that it’s not over until they win four games and the Warriors all know what happened last year when the Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the crown.

“Well, it’s been a great run, but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series,” Kerr said. “Trust me, we know. It was 2-0 last year, we lost.”-

 

Game three will be played Wednesday night in Cleveland at 6 pm. Game Four will be Friday night also at 6 pm.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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