Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Golden State Warriors demolish Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 in game two


The Warriors continued ruining the National Basketball Association on Sunday night, dismantling the Cavaliers in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the Finals, all of this happening despite another sublime performance from LeBron James.

Thompson converted an inbounds play into a hoop and Durant scored on a drive.

If the Cavs can somehow get shots early in the clock while preventing the Warriors from doing the same, great. "That's what he does". And Golden State guard Klay Thompson, lately in an uncharacteristic shooting slump, finished with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Durant was spectacular once again, with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks, and three steals.

"It seemed like it's personal for both of them", Draymond Green said. Either way, as it was a season ago, the Warriors are heading to Cleveland up two games to none.

Durant and Curry had 15 points apiece for the Warriors in the half.

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Lebron James topped the scoring for the Cavaliers with 29 and Kevin Love weighed in with 27 for the defending champions. While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson's record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn't gotten almost enough help.

It's enough to take Draymond Green back to the game on January 17, 2014, when Durant, then a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, torched the Warriors for 54 points. Tristan Thompson played a little bit better than he did in Game 1 but still scored just eight points and the bench once again came up short. He does so because the Warriors so deftly revoke whatever it is that most players do best and challenge the hell out of whatever else they've got left.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had solid performances from the Big Three, but it still wasn't enough to take down the Warriors in Game 2.

Their leader and reigning National Basketball Association coach of the year back on the bench after a six-week absence, Curry and Kevin Durant put the Warriors two victories from a title in the best-of-seven series.

Kerr also received a warm welcome from the visiting team, with Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue telling SFGate before the game, "It's just great to see him back". But James answered questions in front of his locker, instead, reassuring the gathered throng that everything was hunky.

"That Mike guy did OK while I was gone, so that was good", Kerr joked. "[I] will always be able to impact the game if I just stay locked in on that side". But as it was in Game 1, the third quarter offered the Warriors an opportunity to create some separation, and by the start of the fourth they led by 14.

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They were the two best offensive players on the court in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but try as James did, he could not unseat the veritable All-Star team his Cavaliers faced.

"You would call it luck, being blessed, being in the right spot at the right time", Brown told reporters.

Kerr addressed the media during a pregame news conference and said he knew Sunday morning he would give it a go.

As we witnessed in last year's Finals, James is a savvy player who will turn to any means necessary to motivate or influence the outcome.

Curry contributed two free throws and three assists to the 13-2 burst.

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