Five takeaways from Warriors' Game 2 win over Cavaliers

Five takeaways from Warriors' Game 2 win over Cavaliers

Fans got into a shoving match as LeBron James and the rest of the team was heading to the locker room after their 132-113 loss in Oakland. At 32 years of age, we've already seen James transcend the game of basketball on countless occasions, but particularly so against this very team one year ago.

Durant's scoring has taken pressure off Stephen Curry and allowed the Warriors to withstand Cleveland runs so well that they haven't trailed after the first quarter in either game.

The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor.

"But I think he's doing a good job trying to play with pace, pushing the basketball".

James was equally spectacular with his own triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but yet again didn't get almost enough help to keep up with the Warriors' depth.

Having Kerr there sure did - the Warriors felt whole again. Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant contributed 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks and is suddenly on the cusp of his first ring.

Curry and Kevin Durant tag-teamed the Warriors within two victories of another championship.

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored his first points of the series on a driving dunk midway through the first quarter.

Additionally, J.R. Smith struggled once again as he failed to score a single point in 14 minutes, but the Cavaliers' bench didn't fare much better.

For the Cavaliers to have any chance of defending home court in Games 3 and 4, they need to slow the pace down against the Warriors.

The Warriors recovered from a sloppy, 20 turnover performance to reach basketball euphoria in the second half. An off-balance KD flicked the ball up while falling backward and being fouled by Love and got a lucky bounce for a three-point play 7:04 before halftime just after Love had hit a 3 on the other end.

Thompson's 22-point effort was his highest total since he scored 21 in the series-clincher against the Utah Jazz two rounds and nearly a full month ago.

"We play that same game in Cleveland, there's no way we win", said Kerr.

The three-time champion put up 29 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds as he tied Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history. "They won their first two games like they're supposed to". James had little help as Love got there late. If the likes of Smith, Frye and Thompson finally show up, the dynamic in Game 3 could change completely - but, alas, that day may not come in this series. Cleveland will need one of Irving's superhuman efforts to delay this inevitable drive toward the NBA's new era.

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