Stephen Curry was a point behind and completed a triple-double.
With Golden State, things are different.
Hulking but ineffective villain LeBron James seemed to get a little testy after the game, declining to conduct the typical press conference at a podium and instead just taking questions in the locker room.
The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan's final championship in 1998. The Warriors are up 2-0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Durant has been sensational as their best player. League sources told ESPN the two made the song while King James was playing for the Miami Heat and Durant was a rising star on the OKC Thunder squad. We know this is far from over. We saw what happened past year. "But right now, we're in a good place". "They won their first two games like they're supposed to. He's just a man that we really, really respect and hope that he keeps on doing it".
Here's the thing: Curry was 1-for-7 in last year's series when the bigger, stronger James was isolated on him.
The players on the Cavaliers don't think that is true though. He has become stagnated because of no weak side movement and that means he has not been able to pass to open shooters. He is healthy, more determined than ever and orchestrating this potent Warriors offense with a symphonic touch.
"Just seeing a lot of bodies", Irving said.
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"As much as the comparison wants to be drawn from last year to this year, this is a totally different team", Irving said. So that was kind of a microcosm of the game, we were rushing a lot. "I just like who he is as a person, and throughout the course of the playoffs I've checked on him and we text and talk". The Warriors made 18 threes as a team on the night. Not falling asleep. The loose balls, the 50-50 balls, we've got to get to those and when you don't get to them, they make you pay. He has people talking about him as being the second greatest player in the world and he has the Warriors thinking 'dynasty'. "Are you a smart guy?", he snapped. "They're a different team".
Lebron James topped the scoring for the Cavaliers with 29 and Kevin Love weighed in with 27 for the defending champions. Tristan Thompson, lauded as one of the Cavaliers' only rebounding threats against the Warriors, has managed just eight points and eight rebounds through two games, tallying an overall poor plus-minus of -31.
Golden State, which committed just four turnovers in Game 1, had eight in the first quarter alone but nonetheless managed to build as much as a 10-point advantage in the period.
It wasn't that being physical wasn't enough, it was the fact that they were not physical enough.
"They make it tough".
LeBron said back on May 29th that this team that they are facing was risky but now they are even more unsafe with KD on the team.
James, who is making his seventh consecutive finals appearance (four with Miami and three with Cleveland), said the Cavs kept it close until midway through the third period. "So it makes it even more unsafe when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys". If Game 3 is to fall Cleveland's way, they'll need more from their veteran-laden roster across the board - a daunting request against this rigid Warriors defense.