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

Kerr's return adds gloss to big win for dominating Warriors

Looking only at the score differentials from last year's NBA Finals compared to this year's might lead one to incorrectly assume that this year's Golden State Warriors are a lot like last year's Warriors and this year's Finals might look something like last year's. He shares the mark with former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. "They're obviously trying to make a few other guys make some plays".

The Warriors have won an NBA-record 14 straight playoff games and are threatening to become the first champion in league history to go through a playoff run undefeated. "We're in the finals".

"We know. Trust me, we know", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said late Sunday night. Kevin Love scored 27 points for the Cavaliers while Kyrie Irving added 19 in a losing cause.

There are three things that are clearer about James since his return to Cleveland: 1) He's the best basketball player on the planet, 2) He's controlling, 3) He always gets his way. "It does surprise me, though, how effortless it looks for him". I think (Sunday) I was just in a good rhythm. We're young. We're hungry. We could play hard every possession, but can we play smart?

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Elite ball-handlers are always going to get the benefit of the doubt from referees who are more concerned with the defender and focussed on his hands rather than what the ball-handler is doing.

Spectacular passes, slam dunks, deadly shots and high-leaping playmakers dominated the night as the game was played at a fast-paced, high-intensity tempo that had spectators roaring with delight. Only teammate Kevin Durant scored more points (33).

As was the case a year ago, the Warriors have blown out the Cavs in two consecutive outings to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

For much of these playoffs, it seemed that one of Golden State's "Splash Brothers" couldn't hit the ocean with his jump shot. "Like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again".

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Curry and Thompson, who finished with 22 points, also connected on four 3-pointers apiece for Golden State, which shot 51.7 percent overall.

All that triple-double, his NBA Finals tying record eighth, got him and the Cavs was a 14-point deficit going into the final quarter. The Cavs have little margin of error against this Warriors team, and sometimes even if they do everything right, it still is not enough. Durant and Curry then knocked down 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to balloon the lead to 121-99 and render most of the final 6:18 as garbage time.

James, who said the addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriors line-up this season made them a "different team", declined to reveal why he did not attend a formal news conference after the game.

The Warriors have limited the Cleveland Cavaliers to under 40 percent from the field so far in the NBA Finals. Much more physical today than we were in Game 1. James and the small-ball lineup got within four, but the offense sputtered, going over three minutes without scoring, and the Warriors pounced, extending the lead back to sixteen. The best pure scorer on the planet and probably the second-best basketball player in the world doesn't make the Warriors complete; he makes it near-impossible for other teams to compete.

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