Steph Curry sets NBA Finals record as Warriors torch Cavaliers in Game 2
OAKLAND, USA – Stephen Curry scored 33 points, sinking an NBA Finals record 9 3-pointers in the process, and Golden State moved halfway to its 3rd title in 4 seasons Sunday, June 3, by beating Cleveland 122-103.
The Warriors, who never trailed, seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, which shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 and 4 on Wednesday, June 6, and Friday, June 8.
"We've got to get that same focus going to Cleveland," Curry said.
Curry, a 30-year-old guard, broke the old mark of 8 3-pointers in a Finals game set by Ray Allen of Boston in 2010.
"To be on top of that 3-point list is pretty special," Curry said.
Curry scored 16 points in the 4th quarter, including a 4-point play from a corner 3-pointer and the record breaker from the left side with 3:30 remaining.
He finished by shooting 11-of-26 from the floor, 9-of-17 from 3-point range, with 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
Kevin Durant added 26 points, Klay Thompson had 20 and JaVale McGee added 12 to spark the Warriors.
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James netted 29 points with 13 assists and 9 rebounds while Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 rebounds, but Cleveland came no closer than 5 points in the second half.
FINAL STAT LINES from the @warriors Game 2 victory at home!— NBA (@NBA) June 4, 2018
Steph: 33 PTS, 9 3PM, 8 AST, 7 REB
Durant: 26 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
Klay Thompson: 20 PTS
JaVale: 12 PTS, 6-6 FGM
Livingston: 10 PTS, 5-5 FGM#DubNation #NBAFinals
LeBron: 29 PTS, 13 AST, 9 REB
Kevin Love: 22 PTS, 10 REB pic.twitter.com/7IKK9ukKxP
The Cavaliers and Warriors are meeting for the 4th consecutive NBA Finals, with Golden State having won titles in 2015 and 2017 while Cleveland captured the 2016 crown, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the greatest comeback in finals history.
After an overtime opener loss James called one of the worst defeats of his career, the Cavaliers couldn't play Golden State as close, with Curry and his teammates thwarting every threat.
Cavs guard J.R. Smith, whose late-game blunder in the opener denied Cleveland a potential winning shot, was greeted with a standing ovation by Warriors fans and chants of "M-V-P" when he went to the free throw line.
Smith went 2-of-9 from the floor and scored only 5 points.
Cleveland pulled within 5 points 3 times in the third quarter but the Warriors carried a 90-80 lead heading into the payoff period.
James opened the 4th quarter with a 3-pointer but Curry followed with back-to-back treys for a 96-83 Warriors edge.
Curry followed soon after with his 7th 3-pointer of the game, a desperation heave with the shot clock expiring, to give the Warriors a 103-89 advantage and the rout was on.
Three 3-pointers by Curry sparked a 19-8 Warriors second-quarter run as Golden State took a 59-46 halftime edge.
Curry had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the first half, when the Warriors shot 59 percent from the floor and passed out 18 assists. James produced 15 first-half points on 5-of-11 shooting with 7 rebounds and 8 assists. – Rappler.com