By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
For the second straight year, the Golden State Warriors have a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 122-103, on Sunday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The series will continue on Wednesday, June 6th in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers will look to cut the series lead to 2-1 in front of their home fans at Quicken Loans Arena.
While the Warriors have been good at home since the 2015 NBA Finals, the road has been a different story for this team. They are 4-4, while averaging 104 points and giving up 107.1 points.
According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, teams, who took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals, are 29-4 all-time. However, the last team to overcome this deficit was the 2016 Cavaliers, who defeated the Warriors in Game 7.
This is also the Warriors 13th win over the Cavaliers in the past four years in the NBA Finals. However, this was the first-time in which they did not trail in a game, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 33 points. He also had seven rebounds, eight assists, and one steal.
Curry set an NBA Finals record with nine three-pointers. He broke the previous record of eight that belonged to Ray Allen.
He was one of five Golden State players, who scored in double-digits. Kevin Durant added 26, while Klay Thompson had 20 with JaVale McGee scoring 12.
Shaun Livingston came off the bench with 10 points. The Warriors had 26 bench points.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points. He also had nine rebounds, 13 assists, and two steals.
James has 80 points through the first two games of the NBA Finals. That is the fourth-most all-time, trailing Shaquille O’Neal, who had 83 in 2000, James’ own record of 83 in 2015, and Jerry West’s record of 94 in 1969.
In addition, following James’ Game 2 performance, he is now second all-time in NBA Finals history with 1,327 points. He trails West, who had 1,679 points in his career.
He was one of four Cleveland players, who scored in double-digits. Kevin Love scored 22, while George Hill had 15 and Tristan Thompson had 11.
The Cavaliers had 21 bench points. Jeff Green led the bench with six points.
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