Stephen Curry hit an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead. James had a monster game to keep Cleveland in it through, pouring in 51 points to go with eight boards and eight assists. As Thompson made his way toward the Oracle Arena tunnel late in overtime with the Cavs' security staff, he could be seen telling Green to meet him outside. Green then quickly fed J.R. Smith for a wide-open three-pointer. He seemed confused, believing that Cleveland had the lead.
It's really started with a more engaged LeBron James.
Ahead of Game 1, when asked about whether or not he has his sights set on winning the award in these Finals, Curry made it clear that he doesn't care and instead wants to add another ring to his collection.
It was clear, though, that Smith had no idea what the plan was. "I'm going to do everything I can these next 20 hours to get some stability back and I am optimistic for tomorrow".
"It's one of the toughest losses I've had in my career", James acknowledged Saturday, "because of everything that kind of went on with the game and the way we played".
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Can the Cavaliers bounce back? Following Game 2, LeBron joked that his daughter was "weirded out" by his odd injury. Thompson returned to the game after initially heading to the locker room and was effective, scoring 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting including 5-of-10 from 3-point range.
Thompson would end up catching a huge break as the National Basketball Association elected to not suspend him for Game 2, rather assess a $25,000 fine for the incident. Kevin Durant shot 10-14 from the field. If ugly mistakes like the one Smith made are going to happen again, it's over. At this point of the year, everyone is going to be a little banged up, so you have to play through it. In overtime, the Warriors almost covered the 13-point spread as they fell only three points short of pushing.
"It's my first finals". The Warriors were 13 of 15 from inside the arc in the opening quarter.
Forgetting those final few seconds of Game 1 needs to be a priority for the Cavs.