OAKLAND, Calif. — The Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves down 0-2 in the NBA Finals after falling to the Golden State Warriors, 122-103, in Game 2 on Sunday night.
Much like Game 1, LeBron and the Cavs hung around just enough into the fourth quarter to make fans believe they had a chance down the stretch.
Then Steph Curry happened.
Curry was remarkable in the fourth quarter to stamp down the win and finish off the Cavs. He had 33 points and broke the NBA Finals record for threes with nine.
The Cavs went into halftime down 13 and actually outscored the Warriors in the third quarter, 34-31, only trailing by ten. LeBron James hit a three with about eight minutes to go to cut the lead to seven, but they couldn’t get any closer. James had 29 points, 9 assists and 13 rebounds to lead the Cavs. Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 rebounds to give the Cavs the second option they have been looking for him to be. George Hill added 15 points for the starting backcourt.
The Cavs ultimately squandered their chance to win a road game on Thursday night in Game 1. They also had a very good chance to keep the game close down the stretch of Game 2 until Steph Curry went ballistic and ended all chances. That could be a positive for the Cavs as they head back to Cleveland. They weren’t expected to win a game in Oakland, and they matched up with the Warriors pretty well in both games other than one record-breaking Curry quarter.
Now they head back to Cleveland, where they will probably need to win both home games and get the series to 2-2. Beating this all-time great Warriors team four out of five times is certainly a tall order, but the Cavs were agonizingly close to stealing a road game in Game 1, and that should give them reason for optimism heading back to Cleveland. One game can change the complexion of a series and these Cavs have shown that they play better at home, as most teams do. They will look to get on the board in the series on Wednesday night.
Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Cavs and Warriors will tip-off Wednesday night at 9:00pm ET on ABC.
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