Warriors' Game 2 Win Sees NBA Finals Rise

Warriors' Game 2 Win Sees NBA Finals Rise

Although it is technically the hardest time to play NBA basketball, offense has come easy for the Warriors at Oracle over the last three Junes, save an infamous Game 5 and Game 7.

The Warriors earned a wacky 124-114 overtime win in Game 1 Thursday night - featuring J.R. Smith's blunder when he grabbed an offensive rebound in the waning moments of regulation and dribbled back toward halfcourt rather than shooting for the victory, and an overturned charge call against James.

Tonight, in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Stephen Curry broke a record that, honestly, it's surprising he did not already hold as he made more 3-pointers in a single NBA Finals game than any one else ever has.

Kevin Durant found his steady stroke to score 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists while also handling a load of the defensive assignment against James. James scored 51 points in Game 1, making challenging shots few others would even attempt, and it wasn't enough. They made a point of being more aggressive defensively with James after his stellar Game 1, and sought to force the ball out of his hands by occasionally sending a second man at him. Kevin Love has scored more than 20 points in each game, but beyond him, the Cavaliers haven't produced at the level of the Warriors as a group. "This is a team you don't want to be down 0-3 against". If the Warriors win another, they will join dynasty status in Armstrong's mind.

Thompson said: "The part that's odd for Steph, like why does that mean there has to be some beef between us?"

Kendrick Perkins, in street clothes seated on Cleveland's bench Sunday night, failed to move his feet or legs as Curry backpedaled after missing a 3-point attempt at the end of the third quarter.

Game 3 is everything for the Cavs. Stephen Curry set a Finals record with nine treys, and that's wild because he entered the fourth quarter 4 of 12 from three-point range.

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What he hasn't done this postseason is appear in a game.

"I don't think we're close to our ceiling, which is good for us", said Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Iguodala has missed the last six games for the defending champions after being diagnosed with a "left lateral bone contusion" following a collision with James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Some of the shots he missed, he's going to make those at home.

"Because we've been here several times, I don't think I'll need to say much", coach Steve Kerr said.

Kerr remains optimistic the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will play at some point in the series. "We've been doing that for a long time - it's just that everything's under a microscope now in the playoffs", said Curry, who's building a case to win his first Finals MVP.

They have won eight in a row.

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