Sunday, June 03, 2018

Game Two - Curry For Three

Golden State intended to punish the downtrodden Cleveland Cavaliers after the latter's heartbreaking Game One loss. The Warriors knocked down 10 of their first 11 field goals, but Cleveland valiantly hung on and trailed by only four after one.

The Warriors made a run in the second and went into halftime with a double digit lead. In the third, Cleveland kept pace, cutting the lead to five at one point. Kevin Love had another strong game with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Thirteen of his points came in the third.

Golden State broke the game open in the fourth. Stephen Curry hit five of his NBA Finals-record nine three points in the final quarter including a ridiculous fade-away buzzer-beating 28-footer that swished beautifully. He amassed 33 points with 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Klay Thompson (20 points) and Kevin Durant (26 points) both made well over half of their shots. Neither JaVale McGee nor Shaun Livingston missed a shot from the field. McGee scored 12 points on six field goals and Livingston scored 10 on five. Draymond Green had another strong all-around game.

LeBron James had performed well- if not legendarily. He scored 29 points on 50% shooting with 13 assists and 9 rebounds. After being poked in the eye in Game One, he sported a severely reddened sclera. Tristan Thompson scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, but for some reason, head coach Ty Lue only played him 23 minutes. George Hill added 15 points.

J.R. Smith's Game One blunder carried over into Game Two. He scored only 5 points in 31 minutes. During his lone free throw attempt, the Warriors' faithful began sarcastically chanting "MVP! MVP!" Smith missed.

The Warriors pulled away in the end and won 122-103 to take a two games to nothing series lead.

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