The Golden State Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the third straight season. Stephen Curry finished with an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers as he scored 33 points to lead the Warriors. Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. LeBron James had another strong game, finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists, but it just wasn't enough.
The first quarter was closely contested, as the Warriors held just a four-point advantage after the first 12 minutes. But they shot over 60 percent, which was a sign of bad things to come, as Cleveland never got their defense right. Curry got loose from behind the arc in the second quarter to help the Warriors extend their advantage to 13 points at the break.
In the third quarter, though, the Cavaliers got back into the game, cutting the deficit to just five points on multiple occasions. Unfortunately for them, all their hard work was essentially erased but a late burst that pushed the Dubs' advantage back up to 10 points entering the fourth quarter.
From there, it was all Warriors, as they cruised to the 19-point win, with the last five minutes or so being garbage time.
NBA scores for Sunday, June 3
- Warriors 122, Cavaliers 103 (Box Score)
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Game 2: Warriors 122, Cavaliers 103
The Warriors did absolutely whatever they wanted on offense in the first quarter, pouring in 32 points on 65.2 percent shooting from the field. But despite that, they only led by four points as LeBron James were able to stick right with them, thanks in large part to their ability to get to the free-throw line.
Curry ➡️ Draymond ➡️ SLAM!#DubNation 15 | #WhateverItTakes 6— NBA (@NBA) June 4, 2018
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K-Love leads LeBron to the cup!— NBA (@NBA) June 4, 2018
8 PTS, 5 AST, 3 REB for LBJ on #NBAonABC #WhateverItTakes #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/IjDk1Xqe46
It was more of the same for the Warriors in the second half, as they continued to have their way on the offensive end. Curry started to get loose from behind the arc, and the Warriors jumped out to a 13-point lead at the break even though LeBron nearly recorded a triple-double in the first half alone.
WAY. DOWNTOWN.— NBA (@NBA) June 4, 2018
4 triples for Steph in the contest.#DubNation #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/rOrC3GWV9w
It felt like the Cavaliers played much better in the third quarter, and at times they had the deficit down to just five points. But by the time the third quarter buzzer sounded, the Warriors' lead was still at 10 points. For the all the work they did, the Cavs were, in the end, only able to shave three points off the Dubs' halftime advantage.
LeBron James ⬆️ Tristan Thompson ⬇️— NBA (@NBA) June 4, 2018
12 dimes for LBJ on #NBAonABC #WhateverItTakes #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/7zGlGp2eau
David West in the corner... YES!#DubNation #NBAFinals— NBA (@NBA) June 4, 2018
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The fourth quarter was all Warriors, as they cruised to a 19-point win. Curry continued his barrage from behind the arc, reaching nine 3-pointers in the game, a new record for 3s in a Finals game.
#⃣9⃣ on the evening!— NBA (@NBA) June 4, 2018
Stephen Curry has now set a new #NBAFinals record.#DubNation pic.twitter.com/TKJEiPheo3
Curry finished with 33 points on the night to lead the Warriors, while K.D. added 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.