The Cleveland Cavaliers kept it closer than they did in Game 1, but that didn’t mean much. The Golden State Warriors still got what they wanted when they wanted it en route to their 132-113 victory in Game 2.
It was Kevin Durant and Steph Curry who led the way yet again — Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks, and three steals; Curry notched a triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Although Curry turned the ball over eight times, but it hardly mattered.
Although last season’s finals had similar outcomes in the first two games (i.e. Cleveland blowouts), this series has a bit of a different feel to it. Unless Cleveland can rally back in Game 3 (which will shift to Cleveland) to have a chance to make it, at the bare minimum, a competitive series.
LeBron James, who had his own triple-double, played phenomenally despite the result. James scored 29, adding 11 rebounds and 14 assists, and three steals on 12-18 shooting. James tied Magic Johnson’s NBA Finals record for triple-doubles at eight.
It wasn’t through any fault of LeBron’s, though. It was his help that was lacking: although Kevin Love scored 27 points, it took him 23 shots to get there. Kyrie Irving put up a dud, scoring just 19 points on 8-of-23 shooting.
Steve Kerr, who was previously out for six weeks due to back-related issues, made his return in Game 2 to a warm welcome, and what a sight it was for him to see. Of course, he won’t let the magnitude of the moment get to him:
“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.”
While the game was close — Cleveland hung around for the better part of the game, down by just three points at the half — it never felt like the Warriors were in danger of losing the lead. When everyone is hitting (including Klay Thompson, who redeemed himself with 22 points), the Warriors are simply unstoppable unless the other team can counter-punch.
So far, there’s no sight yet of a Mike Tyson-esque rebuttal from the Cavaliers.
Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland at 8 P.M. CST.