The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in game-2 of the NBA Finals, 132-113, Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Steve Kerr was back on the bench as head coach for the Warriors. He had been sidelined through much of the playoffs due to complications from back surgery. Assistant coach Mike Brown had been filling in and performed admirably in Kerr’s absence.
Both teams came out in the first quarter playing at a furious pace. The Cavaliers led by as many as 6 before the Warriors took the lead with 7:40 left on the clock. They stretched the lead to 10 and Golden State closed the period leading 40-34.
In the second quarter, the pace was just as fast. James was excellent in both passing and scoring. He was leading all scorers at the half with 18 points. He also was leading in assists with 10, after two periods.
The Cavaliers kept the game close, even though the Warriors initially pushed the lead to 12 points, with a 10-1 run, in the second. Cleveland fought back to close within 1 point, twice. The period ended with Golden State leading 67-64.
The third quarter was huge for the Warriors. They continued the frenetic pace, and it seemed the Cavaliers could not keep up. James continued to play magnificently, completing a triple-double with one period left in the game.
However, the Warriors wore down the Cavaliers and began to pull away. Their defense was lock-down at times and held Cleveland scoreless for over three minutes in the middle of the third. The quarter ended with Golden State leading 102-88.
The Warriors set the offensive pace for the final period. The Cavaliers simply could not keep up with the energy of Golden State. Their defense continued to be superb, especially the exceptional efforts of Klay Thompson. This kept the Cavaliers from closing the gap, and the Warriors won going away.
Cleveland was led by LeBron James, who had a triple-double with 29 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds. Golden State’s high scorer was Kevin Durant with 33 points.
Stephen Curry also had a triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. It was only the second time in NBA Finals history that opposing players had triple-doubles.
Golden State holds a 2-0 lead in the finals. The Warriors have won an NBA record: 14 in a row in the playoffs. They face off against the Cavaliers for game-3 on Wednesday, June 7, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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