Golden State Warriors 122 – Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (Warriors lead 2-0)
Midway through the fourth period, Steph Curry was hounded by Kevin Love. The seconds were winding down in the shot clock and Love was able to tip the ball as Curry tried to cross him up. The ball bounced away from Curry as Love seemingly shut down any chances for a hoop. With one second left, Curry gathered the ball, turned around and fired a high-looping right in Love’s face that splashed right in.
A few possessions after, Curry drove into the lane, passed the ball out to Draymond Green and cut to the right corner. Green shuffled the ball to Curry who immediately launched a jumper. Love clipped Curry and the ball fell into the basket. And-one.
Those two shots in the fourth period were game-changers. After that flurry, the Golden Warriors went up by 16, taking the fight out of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry drained five three-pointers in the final period. He finished with nine treys in the game, a new NBA Finals record. Curry had 33 points to lead all scorers with seven rebounds and eight assists.
Before that game-changing run the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers were valiantly fighting back. LeBron James tried to balance his scoring and playmaking in Game 2. After scoring 51 points in Game 1, James had a tamer Game 2 with only 29 points. He had 13 assists as Kevin Love and George Hill tried their best to help James. They prevented the Warriors from pulling away several times, getting timely baskets from either James, Love or Hill.
But the Cavaliers couldn’t stay close as well. The Warriors just came in droves. Before Curry’s fourth quarter blast, it was Kevin Durant that did the heavy lifting. Durant seemingly couldn’t miss. He hit his first six baskets in the game and only missed four shots throughout the game. He scored 26 points on 10/14 shooting with nine boards and seven assists.
The Warriors got timely contributions from a unlikely sources. JaVale McGee scored 12 points on 6/6 shooting. He was a rim-rolling force in today’s game. Shaun Livingston stepped in off the bench to score 10 points on 5/5 shooting. The two played firemen as their baskets in the middle quarters quelled the Cavaliers’ run.
Curry wasn’t alone. But he was definitely a game-changer in today’s game. After two big games this series, with the Warriors taking a 2-0 lead, he’s looking like the front runner for the Finals MVP.
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