LeBron's brilliance not enough in Game 2 loss to Warriors

LeBron's brilliance not enough in Game 2 loss to Warriors

The Warriors, with their 132-113 win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday night, have reeled off 14 straight postseason wins.

Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough.

The Finals shift to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday.

The 51-year-old Kerr underwent a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but was still experiencing debilitating symptoms such as pain and headaches.

LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson's record with his eighth career Finals triple-double.

After watching the Warriors use a 13-2 run to help build a 102-88 lead by the end of the third quarter, the Cavaliers retained hope when they held Golden State to just one field goal in the first 2:08 of the fourth quarter.

Thompson converted an inbounds play into a hoop and Durant scored on a drive.

"I'm not a past guy too much", James said.




James is 3-4 in NBA Finals appearances but his teams, the Cavaliers and Miami from 2011 to 2014, are 1-7 in NBA Finals openers. For Golden state, it's Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia.

Curry and Thompson, who finished with 22 points, also connected on four 3-pointers apiece for Golden State, which shot 51.7 percent overall.

James carried the team on offense and defense, scoring 29 points and stealing the ball several times. Kevin Love added 27 points and Kyrie Irving had 19, but Cleveland was unable to slow Golden State's prolific offense.

James hit 8 of 12 shots and had 18 points in the first half as the Cavaliers, down 50-38 at one point, hung within 67-64 at the break.

The Cavaliers got off to a better start in Game 2 of the NBA Finals tonight, but still trail the Golden State Warriors 40-34 after one quarter. Kyrie Irving managed 19 points after being guarded heavily by Thompson.

Ian Clark and Thompson made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help the Warriors build the lead to 12 in the third minute of the second period.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both have 15 points for the Warriors.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says he wasn't even aware of the team's uniform scheme for Game 2, though noted, "they love those jerseys". Kerr praised Mike Brown, who stepped in as the interim coach, and said that apparently his absence was not a distraction despite the players constantly being asked about it. The other end of the court has been more of a challenge this postseason for Thompson, who has posted two of the top seven 3-point seasons in National Basketball Association history the past two seasons and is a 42 percent shooter for his career from long range.

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