Steve Kerr Says There Is ‘No Way’ Warriors Win on Road with Repeat of Game 2

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr expects a strong response from the Cleveland Cavaliers following his team’s 132-113 win in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals Sunday night. 

Kerr offered a somewhat critical take of his team’s performance, telling reporters that some of the Warriors’ stars played well individually but failed to produce as a collective unit. He said a repeat of that would result in a defeat as the series shifts to Cleveland, per NBA TV:

 

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Fans Fight in Front of LeBron James After Warriors vs. Cavaliers Finals Game 2

A great night for Golden State Warriors fans turned ugly with a postgame fight following the team’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sports Illustrated captured the altercation, which took place right in front of LeBron James as he was heading into the locker room:

The Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals with their 132-113 victory Sunday night.

The result already had James in a bad mood heading off the court despite his second triple-double of the playoffs. Per Rachel Nichols of ESPN, he chose not to make an appearance at the press conference following the game.

With the series shifting to Cleveland for the next two games and the Warriors still having a chance to sweep, the incident in the stands could be one of the last moments at Oracle Arena this season.

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Kevin Durant, Warriors Roll Cavaliers in Game 2 Despite LeBron James’ Heroics

If the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to defend their title, they’ll have to overcome a major series deficit.

The Golden State Warriors continued their flawless run through the postseason with a 132-113 Game 2 win Sunday, building a 2-0 lead in the 2017 NBA Finals over Cleveland.

Although LeBron James notched his second triple-double of the postseason, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were nearly unstoppable, combining for 65 points in the high-scoring battle.

Golden State didn’t miss a beat with Steve Kerr returning as head coach for the first time since the opening round of the playoffs, notching its 14th straight postseason victory.

James did everything he could to help the Cavaliers steal a game on the road, finishing with 29 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds and three steals. This first-half dunk showed his ability to attack the basket:

However, he wasn’t the only superstar who put on a show Sunday night. Kevin Durant was outstanding on both ends of the court, finishing with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals.

The performance wasn’t lost on viewers:

Tim MacMahon of ESPN made a bold statement watching the back-and-forth battle:

Durant’s spectacular performance was almost enough to overshadow Curry, who had his first career playoff triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Per NBA on ESPN, Sunday was only the second time in NBA history that opposing players finished with triple-doubles in a playoff game.

This basket against James was also one of the most memorable plays of the win:

Cleveland was efficient offensively but couldn’t keep up with the Warriors for the second straight game.

The two offensive juggernauts put on a show from the opening tip, with the Warriors rolling out to a 40-34 lead in the first quarter behind 15 points from Curry.

Mitch Goldich of Sports Illustrated noted how rare the scoring output was for Golden State:

The Warriors appeared ready to pull away once again in the second quarter, but the Cavaliers fought back to keep the deficit at three going into halftime.

Durant and James put up huge numbers in the first half:

The Warriors gained some breathing room in the third quarter, as Klay Thompson finally started making plays after being relatively quiet the last few weeks. He finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

As the home team continued to score in droves during the fourth, Chris Broussard of Fox Sports 1 described the problem for Cleveland:

Kyrie Irving finishing with only 19 points on 8-of-23 shooting also didn’t help. Even with Kevin Love adding 27 points, the Warriors were able to close out the 19-point win.

The Cavaliers trailed Golden State 2-0 in last year’s NBA Finals, eventually falling into a 3-1 hole before making their historic comeback. It won’t be easy to replicate that feat in 2017, however.

Cleveland will first have to turn things around at home in Game 3 Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. With another loss Wednesday, this series could effectively be over.

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Stephen Curry Records Triple-Double in NBA Finals for 1st Time in Career

In addition to helping give the Golden State Warriors a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry recorded the first postseason triple-double of his career, per Warriors PR.

Curry finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in Golden State’s 132-113 victory.

   

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LeBron James Ties Magic Johnson for Most NBA Finals Triple-Doubles in History

Having already passed Michael Jordan for the most career postseason points, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is close to moving ahead of another legend in the NBA history books.

The NBA tweeted James tied Magic Johnson on Sunday night for the most triple-doubles (eight) in NBA Finals history. Through three quarters of Game 2 in the 2017 NBA Finals, James has 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. 

 

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LeBron James Notches Double-Double in 1st Half of NBA Finals Game 2 vs. Warriors

LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet and recorded a first-half double-double to keep the Cleveland Cavaliers in lockstep with the Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night at Oracle Arena.

By the time the second-quarter buzzer sounded, the Cavaliers trailed 67-64 thanks to James’ halftime line of 18 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, two steals and a block.

   

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Warriors Explode for 40 Points in 1st Quarter of NBA Finals Game 2 vs. Cavaliers

The Golden State Warriors seem to be only getting stronger in the NBA playoffs.

They kicked off Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals by scoring 40 points in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Stephen Curry led the way with 15 points, including a perfect 10-of-10 mark from the free-throw line.

Kevin Durant also had a strong showing, as Bleacher Report noted:

The Cavaliers tried to keep pace, but they trailed 40-34 after the first 12 minutes.

While we have become accustomed to high-scoring outputs from the Warriors, Mitch Goldich of Sports Illustrated showed why this was an impressive feat for this stage of the postseason:

As Rosalyn Gold-Onwude of NBC Sports pointed out, there wasn’t a lot of defense from either side:

The Warriors finished 12-of-23 from the field in the quarter, including 5-of-11 from three-point range, helping the squad light up the scoreboard despite eight turnovers. The team is 22-0 this season when scoring at least 35 points in the first quarter, per Arash Markazi of ESPN.

NBA TV captured the biggest plays from the offensive explosion:

After scoring 113 in Game 1, Golden State appears ready for even more points in Game 2.

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