Monday, June 5, 2017

NBA: Warriors put on a show, clinic in Game 2 rout of Cavaliers

Not even LeBron James, at his ultimate best, could deny Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors when they're absolutely clicking.

Curry scored 32 points and finished with a triple-double while putting on a dazzling individual display on offense, as the Golden State Warriors ripped the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 in Game 2 of the NBA finals Sunday (Monday, Manila time)

It was a rout in the end, but the Warriors, who welcomed back head coach Steve Kerr, were tested.

They were only up 86-82 halfway through the 3rd quarter, before launching a 13-2 run that put the game out of reach and gave Golden State a 2-0 lead in the series.

Kevin Durant followed up his 38-point output in Game 1 by stuffing the stat sheet in Game 2. He finished with a game-high 33 points, along with 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks.

Curry also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which remains unbeaten in the post-season after 14 games, an NBA record start.

Add in the mix Klay Thompson, in his best game of the playoffs thus far, and there was no slowing down Golden State. He chipped in 22 points and, like Curry and Durant, made 4 3-pointers.

The Warriors' firepower was no match for the Cavaliers and James, who finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists, his 8th triple double in the finals.

Between Curry and Durant, the Cavaliers had no answers and Warriors fans were treated to a show.

In the 3rd, Curry got the Oracle Arena crowd on its feet when he scored off James after shaking him off with a dizzying series of dribbles. To finish off a critical run in the same quarter, he buried a triple some 3 feet away from the 3-point line and against the outstretched arm of Kevin Love.

In one play in the 4th, Durant blocked Love that set off a fastbreak ending with a Durant basket.

Durant became only the third player in NBA history to score 25 points in his first seven NBA Finals appearances, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.

"The second half we settled in and just tried to play better and played tougher on defense," Durant said. "We're just trying to play good basketball every time down the floor."

Curry credited his first finals triple double to the tension of the title quest and the effort needed to answer the Cavs' challenge.

"We're in the finals. That's all the motivation we need," Curry said. "We leave everything on the floor."

Kevin Love scored 27 points for the Cavaliers while Kyrie Irving added 19 in a losing cause. — With a report from Agence France-Presse