The first quarter of game two was the polar opposite of game one. Right out of the gate both teams were very aggressive on offense. Particularly LeBron James who was getting to the rim with ease.
Kevin Love seemed to be hitting from everywhere giving Cleveland a quick lead to begin the game. But the Warriors stormed back as Steph was in attack mode getting to the line early and often.
Both teams were feeling it throughout first quarter, which ended with the Warriors up 40–34.
The second quarter was filled with runs from both teams. Golden State looked as if they were going to pull ahead, building up a quick 12 point lead. But they weren’t taking care of the ball, turning it over 12 times in the first half.
LeBron was able to get in the lane at will throughout the half, finishing with a stat line of 18 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds.
Cleveland trailed by just three at halftime thanks to James’ strong play. In the second half, he wasn’t able to get in the lane as easily though. That’s when the Warriors started to pull away.
The third quarter was a back and forth battle, but strong contributions from Durant, Klay, and Curry gave the Warriors a 12-point advantage heading into the 4th.
The Cavs were trying to fight their way back, but James seemed gassed as the quarter started and was not nearly as dominant as he was earlier in the game.
He scored just two points in the 4th quarter, but finished the game with his 8th career triple double in the Finals, putting up 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists. Kyrie did his best to keep the the Cavs in it, including this blow by early in the 4th.
But the Warriors were too locked in by that point and Durant caught fire to close out the game. KD finished with a game-high 33 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Curry had himself a night with 32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and got some payback from last year with some shifty moves on the king.
Klay finally got his shot to fall in game 2, finishing the game with 22 points. It was the first time since game 4 against Utah that Klay made over 50% of his attempts from the field.
A 2–0 lead is an intimidating one, especially when the opposing team is scoring at will. But the Cavs can climb out of this hole by winning the next two games on their home court.
To do that, their role players will need to step up — especially JR Smith and Tristan Thompson. Typically, role players tend to play better at home, so we’ll see if that happens in game 3.
Cleveland’s biggest game of the season is on Wednesday. If they can’t pull out a win, this series is all but over.