LeBron James had another tremendous performance in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but once again it was all for naught as the Golden State Warriors won easily, 122-103, to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Warriors point guard Steph Curry sank nine three-pointers, a Finals record, and combined with teammate Kevin Durant for 59 points on 40 shots.
The Warriors hold a 2-0 series lead with Game 3 taking place Wednesday back in Cleveland.
James didn't quite match his 51-point performance from Game One, but he did score 29, assist 13 and claim nine rebounds, nearly earning himself a triple-double. He put up a 27-9-8 stat line against the Cavs last year - plus two steals a game - that would have earned him MVP honours in nearly any other year, except Kevin Durant scored 35 points a game, many of them in the face of LeBron James.
Speaking about the record after the game, Curry said: "That's a pretty cool deal to accomplish".
The third "make it" moment happened shortly after the win, in the summer of 2015 when Curry got a call from President Barack Obama asking if he wanted to play golf. At the end of the third quarter of Game 2, Curry launched a 3-pointer and stumbled into the Cavs bench, landing on the outstretched foot of Perkins.
Curry was around for all the losing: 26 wins his rookie season of 2009-10, 23 two years later then gradually building to more victories each season thereafter.
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"Because we've been here several times, I don't think I'll need to say much", coach Steve Kerr said.
The 30-year-old maestro scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, answering a LeBron James 3-pointer with back-to-back 3s for a 96-83 lead.
Said James: "I asked our coaching staff if we had a timeout (in the huddle)".
With 36.4 seconds left in the game and the Cavs up 104-102, a charge called on Kevin Durant was instead changed to a blocking foul on James after officials reviewed the play. After that, there are more limited players such as Patrick McCaw and Quinn Cook.
"I'm always a person the fans like to talk to and heckle", Smith said. The crowd at Oracle Arena seems to have an extra level of delirium that it saves for Curry's circus threes, and the roar often starts before the ball even finds the mesh. They can go even smaller, and force them into the ultimate small-ball game with LeBron James as the team's center.
"Every shot that he takes that goes in, he has the business of making them", James said. The five-time NBA All-Star has made half of the 28 3-pointers he's shot in the series, including 6 of 8 in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Watch ESPN app is also accessible via a cable or satellite provider login where the NBA Finals can be streamed. When we get into a dynasty is Michael Jordan and them winning six, that's a dynasty. He has one assist in the Boston and Golden State series combined.