10:37 p.m.-CAVALIERS FALL INTO 0-2 DEFICIT WITH LOSS TO GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS IN GAME 2 OF 2017 NBA FINALS
For the second straight year, the Cleveland Cavaliers will return to Quicken Loans Arena in an 0-2 hole against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers fell into the 0-2 deficit with a 132-113 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals, which was played in front of a capacity crowd of 19,596 raucous fans at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Sunday night.
Despite Cavaliers small forward LeBron James matching Los Angeles Lakers great Earvin “Magic” Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history (eight), the Warriors set a new NBA record with their 14th straight postseason victory.
The Warriors have not lost since their three straight setbacks against the Cavaliers in Games 5-7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
The Warriors got double-digit scoring efforts from four of their five starters, as well as reserve point guard Shaun Livingston.
Small forward Kevin Durant (33 points, 13 rebounds) and point guard Stephen Curry (32, 10, 11 assists) led the way for Golden State. Shooting guard Klay Thompson tallied 22 points and despite foul trouble for the entire game, power forward Draymond Green added 12 points, nine of which came on three made three-pointers, to go along with six rebounds, six assists and one steal.
The Cavaliers got 29 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists, three steals and one blocked shot from James, as well as 27 and 19 points from power forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving, respectively.
10:05 p.m.-WARRIORS BREAK OPEN GAME 2 IN THIRD QUARTER
The Golden State Warriors turned a one-possession contest into a lopsided affair by outscoring the Cleveland Cavaliers by 11 points in the third quarter of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Sunday night.
Up by three points after the first half, the Warriors scored 35 over the next 12 minutes and built a 102-88 advantage after the third quarter of play, thanks in large part to the shooting of point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant.
Curry and Durant each knocked down three of their six looks from the field, with the two-time MVP guard burying a pair of three-pointers and hitting all four of his free-throw attempts on the way to a 12-point performance in the quarter.
Curry added seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in the third quarter.
Durant scored nine points, which matched the nine Cavaliers small forward LeBron James posted in the period. Like James, power forward Kevin Love tallied nine points on four-of-nine shooting, but hit only one of his three looks from three-point range in the third.
The Cavaliers knocked down just nine of their 26 attempts from the field in the third quarter.
9:16 p.m.-CAVALIERS DOWN BY THREE AT THE HALF
Consistently attacking the hoop off the dribble did wonders for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offense in the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Sunday night.
Despite Golden State’s timely makes from three-point range over the first half, the Cavaliers trailed by just three points, 67-64, after the first 24 minutes of play.
The Cavaliers outscored the Warriors, 30-27, in the second quarter, and it was “The Big Three” of small forward LeBron James, point guard Kyrie Irving and power forward Kevin Love that ignited the offense when the triples were not falling for Cleveland.
James converted four of his five looks at the basket on the way to eight points in the quarter. He added five rebounds, one blocked shot and five assists, which gave him a double-double of points and assists over the first two quarters.
Love knocked down three of his five looks, and to go along with his six points, pulled down one rebound and stole one pass, while Irving added seven points, one steal and one playmaking pass without taking a break in the quarter.
The Cavaliers controlled the paint, 18-8, and improved in their transition game, besting the Warriors, 6-5, on the fast-break.
8:42 p.m.-CAVALIERS TRAIL AFTER FIRST QUARTER
The Cleveland Cavaliers came out running and built an early advantage, but late turnovers, 10 free throws from point guard Stephen Curry and timely three-point shooting staked the Golden State Warriors out to a 40-34 lead after the first quarter of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland Sunday night.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a six-point lead on the strength of the transition game from small forward LeBron James, which not only generated one-on-one drives to the basket from the veteran leader, but also, set up several teammates for uncontested looks.
However, after Cleveland’s initial burst, the Warriors went on a 10-2 run midway through the first quarter and stormed out to a 23-16 advantage with 5:24 to play in the period. A three-pointer from small forward Draymond Green, layup from center Zaza Pachulia and floating jumper from Curry punctuated the run.
Because of the run, the Warriors never again trailed in the first quarter, but over the final five minutes, the Cavaliers held an 18-17 edge in scoring.
Dominated inside the key in Game 1, the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors, 18-12, in the paint in the first quarter, but were outpaced, 16-7, in fast-break opportunities over the first 12 minutes of play.
7:30 p.m.-GAME INFORMATION
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have a chance at redemption in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, tonight.
The Golden State Warriors certainly came out like a team ready to erase the memory of and eliminate the sting from losing last year’s NBA Finals after building a 3-1 lead on the Cavaliers, only to be on the wrong side of an historic comeback.
On the strength of 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists from small forward Kevin Durant and 28 to go along with 10 helpers from point guard Stephen Curry, the Warriors fought their way to a 113-91 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena Thursday night.
But despite the Game 1 setback, it is a best-of-seven series, and the Cavaliers are focused on turning the tide and taking a 1-1 tie back to Cleveland for Game 3 next Wednesday night.
“There's no time to be disappointed,” point guard Kyrie Irving said. “I think that (it’s) just thinking about the next game, things that we can correct going forward. They capitalized a lot on our mistakes, a lot of transition, easy baskets that we can't allow going into Game 2.
“Definitely a lot of things we can correct and get better at, watch film and go from there.”
Winning the games within the game has been a strength of the Cavaliers throughout the 2017 NBA Playoffs, but the opposite was true against the Warriors, who won every situational scoring category in the Game 1 win over Cleveland.
Thanks to several wide-open dunks from small forward Kevin Durant, the Warriors outpaced the Cavaliers, 56-30, in the paint. Also, the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers, 18-13, in second-chance situations, and, 27-9, on the fast break.
“It's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing,” Irving said. “Going into Game 2 we'll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end. Offensively, I mean, we still have to take good shots against this great team, so we'll get better.”
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