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Curry dazzles from deep, Warriors take 2-0 NBA Finals lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry backpedaled in pure joy. He skipped, hollered and let the ball fly from everywhere with that feeling he gets when there's no way it will miss - unwavering even with a defender's hand in his face.

Curry dazzled in outdueling LeBron James as the two superstars traded big shots and celebratory moves, hitting an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scoring 33 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead.

''Pretty special night,'' Curry said, ''and hopefully some more special things happen and we get two more wins.''

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. Klay Thompson added 20 points playing on a tender left leg to put the defending champions two wins from a repeat title they have talked about since the season began last fall.

James followed up his 51-point performance in Game 1 with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in a far tamer finals sequel - and a much more lopsided one - minus the utter craziness of a drama-packed opener three days prior.

Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

''We want to continue to be uncomfortable,'' James said. ''Just because we're going home doesn't mean we can relax.''

Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 boards for the cold-shooting Cavs, who will now try to gain some momentum back home.

Curry had the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from several feet behind the 3-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then scooted backward in delight. Curry fell into the first row of fans with a baseline 3 again over Love and four-point play at the 5:44 mark of the fourth.

''He's a big shot taker, big shot maker,'' Draymond Green said. ''Tough shot taker, tough shot maker.''

The long shot over Love stood out to Curry's Splash Brother, Thompson.

''About seven seconds on the clock he just kept going backward, I don't know why, but he just threw it up and I didn't think it had any chance of going in,'' Thompson said. ''That was kind of like a dagger shot. It just gave us all the momentum back.''

The two-time MVP made 11 of 26 shots and was 9 for 17 from deep.

James pointed with both hands after his 3 with 11:04 remaining got his team within seven, before Curry answered from deep the next two trips down the floor.

''Those moments when you can come down and answer and keep the momentum on our side, it's big,'' Curry said. ''Keep the crowd into it.''

Curry and James had a tense moment in the third, too.

James became irate at the officials for a no-call on Curry, who ran beneath the Cavs star and didn't let him land with 3:54 remaining in the quarter as James caught Love's long pass and went out of bounds. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was hit with a technical, saying afterward he didn't say much but was on the court.

JaVale McGee scored 12 points, making all six of his shots in his first career NBA Finals start as Kerr made a lineup switch that proved spot on.

The typically efficient Durant connected on 10 of 14 shots after going just 8 for 22 - 1 of 7 on 3s - in the opener but still scoring 26 points.

Last year's NBA Finals MVP made his initial five field goals Sunday, driving right at James on offense and doing all he could to fluster him on defense.

James hit a 3 over Durant's outstretched arm midway through the third, then Tristan Thompson's basket the next possession pulled the Cavs within 72-66. But they couldn't contain Curry and the rest of the Warriors for extended stretches.

The Warriors vowed to make it harder for James to generate good looks after he shot 19 for 32 in the series opener, and James went 12:06 of game time between made baskets.

James went 10 for 20, showing few signs his shot was altered by a bloodshot left eye. He had been taking antibiotics and using drops after being poked in the eye by Green in the first half Thursday.

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.

Smith received rousing cheers from the home fans during pregame introductions and ''M-V-P!'' chants greeted him when he went to the foul line.

Thompson played after bruising his lower left leg when Smith slid into him in the first quarter Thursday. The Warriors All-Star has never missed a postseason game.

Kerr went with 7-foot big man McGee to start in place of Kevon Looney - McGee's 10th career start in the postseason.

McGee scored the first four points as Golden State made its initial seven shots and 10 of 11.

Another key role player, Shaun Livingston, made his five field-goal tries for 10 points to give Golden State a lift in the first half after making all four of his shots Thursday.

''They're a dangerous ballclub no matter what,'' James said. ''It starts with those four guys, those four All-Stars. Everybody else just does their job and they don't miss a beat when they put someone in or they take someone out.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: James' first-half line: 15 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, two steals. His first points - the first for Cleveland - came on a goaltend by McGee. ... After holding a 19-4 edge on the offensive glass in Game 1, the Cavs were 15-7 on Sunday.

Warriors: Curry broke Ray Allen's mark of eight for most 3s in a finals game. ... Thompson played in his franchise-record 100th postseason game. He also became the sixth player to ever make 300 3s in the postseason, joining Curry as the Warriors to reach the feat. ... The Warriors were 13 of 15 from inside the arc in the opening quarter. They shot 59.5 percent in the first half despite going 6 of 19 on 3s. They finished 15 for 36 from long range.

IGUODALA STILL OUT

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala missed his sixth straight postseason game nursing a bone bruise in his left knee.

Kerr remains optimistic the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will play at some point in the series.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:49 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 0-2
11:34   Out of bounds turnover on George Hill  
11:30   Delay of game violation  
11:18 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 0-4
11:04   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
10:55   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:53   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:50   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
10:41 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 2-4
10:35   Defensive goaltending violation  
10:18 +2 Kevin Durant made driving layup 2-6
10:03   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
9:56   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
10:02 +2 George Hill made hook shot 4-6
9:44 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup, assist by Draymond Green 4-8
9:32   George Hill missed layup  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:23 +2 Klay Thompson made finger-roll layup, assist by Stephen Curry 4-10
9:06 +2 Tristan Thompson made dunk, assist by LeBron James 6-10
8:47 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot 6-13
8:19   Jumpball  
8:17   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Klay Thompson  
8:14 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 6-15
7:50   Tristan Thompson missed jump shot  
7:46   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
7:44   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:43   Team rebound  
7:33 +3 George Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 9-15
7:22   Personal foul on George Hill  
7:10 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 9-17
7:03 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 11-17
7:03   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
7:03 +1 LeBron James made free throw 12-17
6:49 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 12-19
6:30 +2 J.R. Smith made jump shot, assist by LeBron James 14-19
6:30   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
6:30   J.R. Smith missed free throw  
6:27   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
6:17   J.R. Smith missed layup  
6:12   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
6:12   Tristan Thompson missed dunk  
6:11   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:05   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by George Hill  
6:05   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
5:57   George Hill missed floating jump shot  
5:51   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
5:45 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 14-21
5:32 +3 J.R. Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 17-21
5:01   Bad pass turnover on Klay Thompson, stolen by J.R. Smith  
4:54   J.R. Smith missed floating jump shot  
4:53   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
4:43   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith  
4:34   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Love  
4:24   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:20   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
4:16   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:12   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
4:11   Kevin Love missed layup, blocked by Kevin Durant  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
4:05 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 17-24
3:43 +2 Kevin Love made hook shot, assist by LeBron James 19-24
3:32 +2 Jordan Bell made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 19-26
3:19   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
3:19   Team rebound  
3:19   LeBron James missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:19 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-26
3:03   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:59   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
2:53   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:53   Team rebound  
2:53   Personal foul on Jordan Bell  
2:53 +1 Kevin Love made 1st of 2 free throws 21-26
2:53 +1 Kevin Love made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-26
2:30   Jordan Bell missed turnaround jump shot  
2:24   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
2:22 +2 LeBron James made alley-oop shot, assist by Kevin Love 24-26
2:11 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 24-28
1:52   Kevin Love missed jump shot  
1:49   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
1:44 +2 Shaun Livingston made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 24-30
1:22   LeBron James missed jump shot  
1:18   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:12   Jumpball  
1:12   Offensive foul on Stephen Curry  
1:06   Personal foul on Jordan Bell  
1:06 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 25-30
1:06 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-30
0:47 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot, assist by Kevon Looney 26-32
0:37 +2 Jeff Green made hook shot 28-32
0:30   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. floating jump shot  
0:30   Team rebound  
0:19   Stephen Curry missed layup  
0:15   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
0:08   Personal foul on Jordan Clarkson  
0:04   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
11:34   Larry Nance Jr. missed fade-away jump shot  
11:31   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
11:17 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by David West 28-34
10:57   Jordan Clarkson missed jump shot  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
10:48   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Kyle Korver  
10:43   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
10:40   LeBron James missed hook shot  
10:38   Team rebound  
10:33 +2 Jordan Clarkson made layup, assist by LeBron James 30-34
10:11   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:10   Offensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
10:02 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 30-37
9:43   LeBron James missed hook shot  
9:41   Offensive rebound by LeBron James  
9:36   Jeff Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:34   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
9:33   Lost ball turnover on Shaun Livingston, stolen by Jordan Clarkson  
9:32   Personal foul on David West  
9:22   Jordan Clarkson missed jump shot, blocked by David West  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:12 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 30-39
9:12   Full timeout called  
8:50   Jeff Green missed fade-away jump shot, blocked by David West  
8:48   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
8:48   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
8:30   Lost ball turnover on David West, stolen by George Hill  
8:14 +3 George Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 33-39
7:59   Shooting foul on Kyle Korver  
7:59   Klay Thompson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:59   Team rebound  
7:59 +1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-40
7:49 +2 Kevin Love made hook shot, assist by George Hill 35-40
7:49   Shooting foul on David West  
7:49 +1 Kevin Love made free throw 36-40
7:33   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
7:27   Offensive rebound by David West  
7:10 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot, assist by David West 36-42
6:47   Kevin Love missed hook shot, blocked by David West  
6:46   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
6:44   Kevin Love missed hook shot  
6:41   Defensive rebound by David West  
6:39 +2 Shaun Livingston made driving layup, assist by Stephen Curry 36-44
6:19   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:16   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:12 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 36-47
5:53   LeBron James missed driving layup  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:37   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:35   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:26   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Stephen Curry  
5:12   Stephen Curry missed reverse layup  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
4:56   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
4:52   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
4:51   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
4:51   Tristan Thompson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:51   Team rebound  
4:51 +1 Tristan Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-47
4:30 +2 JaVale McGee made hook shot, assist by Draymond Green 37-49
4:20   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
4:20   Team rebound  
4:20   LeBron James missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:20 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-49
4:05   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:02   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
3:55   Out of bounds turnover on J.R. Smith  
3:42   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by LeBron James  
3:40   LeBron James missed layup  
3:37   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:31 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 38-51
3:12   Shooting foul on Nick Young  
3:13 +1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 39-51
3:13 +1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-51
3:01   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:55   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
2:53   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:50   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
2:39 +2 George Hill made driving layup, assist by LeBron James 42-51
2:20   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by J.R. Smith  
2:16 +2 LeBron James made layup, assist by J.R. Smith 44-51
2:04 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 44-54
1:44   Kevin Love missed jump shot  
1:42   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
1:40   Kevin Love missed layup  
1:37   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
1:34   Shooting foul on LeBron James  
1:34 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 44-55
1:34 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-56
1:12   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:09   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:05 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 44-59
0:47   LeBron James missed jump shot  
0:44   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
0:30   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:25   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
0:11 +2 LeBron James made reverse layup 46-59
0:01   Shooting foul on George Hill  
0:01   Team rebound  
0:01   Kevon Looney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:01   Kevon Looney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49   George Hill missed floating jump shot  
11:49   George Hill missed dunk, blocked by JaVale McGee  
11:48   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
11:49   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
11:47 +2 Tristan Thompson made dunk 48-59
11:31   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:30   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
11:17   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:15   Team rebound  
11:02 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by J.R. Smith 51-59
10:43   Shooting foul on George Hill  
10:43 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 51-60
10:43 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-61
10:23 +2 Tristan Thompson made layup, assist by George Hill 53-61
10:04 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 53-63
9:50 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 56-63
9:37 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot 56-66
9:29   Out of bounds turnover on LeBron James  
9:15   Shooting foul on Tristan Thompson  
9:15   Shooting foul on Tristan Thompson  
9:15   Team rebound  
9:15   Draymond Green missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:15 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-67
8:59   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
8:47 +3 George Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 59-67
8:36 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 59-69
8:36   Shooting foul on George Hill  
8:36   JaVale McGee missed free throw  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
8:10 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 61-69
7:55   Stephen Curry missed hook shot  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
7:46   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
7:29   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
7:24 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot 61-72
6:55 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 64-72
6:33   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:32   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:28 +2 Tristan Thompson made dunk, assist by LeBron James 66-72
6:08 +2 Jordan Bell made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 66-74
5:53   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
5:53 +1 Kevin Love made 1st of 2 free throws 67-74
5:53 +1 Kevin Love made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-74
5:33 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 68-76
5:20 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 71-76
5:02 +2 Klay Thompson made reverse layup 71-78
4:49 +2 Tristan Thompson made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 73-78
4:23 +2 Klay Thompson made running Jump Shot 73-80
4:05   J.R. Smith missed jump shot