Curry’s historic night propels Warriors
Steph Curry, have yourself a night.
The Warriors’ sharpshooter hit an NBA Finals record nine three-pointers in Golden State’s 122-103 win, as the reigning champs were back to their best, overwhelming Cleveland and taking a 2-0 series lead.
The two-time MVP finished with 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting, seven rebounds and eight assists in a masterful performance, hitting his stride in the fourth quarter.
He scored 16 points in the final quarter including five threes, the best coming on a last second shot with just under eight minutes remaining from 28-feet, after losing control of the ball and shooting over Cleveland’s Kevin Love.
Curry’s hot shooting blew the Cavs out of the water in the fourth and ended the slim chance they had of winning.
Cleveland held off the Warriors in the vaunted third quarter, winning the period 34-31, but were unable to stop Curry’s offensive rampage that bursted the game wide open and handed Golden State the 19-point win.
Overcoming the mental demons from a disastrous end of game sequence in Game 1 was always going to be tough for the Cavaliers, and early on they looked up for the fight.
Despite giving up several wide-open dunks and shots to the Warriors and allowing the reigning champs to shoot 65 percent from the field in the opening frame, the Cavs held firm and were down by just four points at the first break.
Klay Thompson (20 points) and Kevin Durant (26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) provided a huge punch in the first half, combining for 23 points that gave the home side a much-needed edge, despite Thompson entering the game with a high ankle sprain suffered in Game 1.
Golden State’s nine-point advantage in the second put the game on their terms and any time Cleveland threatened and got within touching distance, the Warriors had the answer and pushed the lead back above 10 points.
Cleveland’s poor three-point shooting was a major downfall once again.
The Cavs shot just nine-of-27 from beyond the arc in Game 2, missing multiple opportunities to reduce the Warriors lead when the game was in the balance.
LeBron James was at his brilliant best despite his left eye being bloodshot following a poke in Game 1.
The Cavs do-it-all superstar scored 29 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 13 assists but couldn’t replicate his historic performance from the series opener.
Kevin Love had another strong game for the Cavaliers, recording 22 points and 10 rebounds.
His two threes and 13 points total in the third kept the game within reach for the visitors but it wasn’t enough as the Cavs failed to match Curry’s hot shooting.
The Cavaliers will look to bounce back in Game 3 as the series shifts to Cleveland, anything but a win will put them in a 3-0 hole for the second consecutive Finals and all but end their chances of winning the NBA title.