With the series heading to Cleveland for two games, the Cavs must hope they can improve again and level the series on home turf.But based on the evidence so far, the Warriors may be simply too good to beat.
The Warriors are still undefeated in the playoffs - 14-0 - and take a 2-0 lead to Cleveland for Wednesday's Game 3.
James has played over 200 games in his National Basketball Association playoff career, and coming into the 2016-17 rendition, he was averaging 28 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in the playoffs in his first 11 appearances.
Reigning MVP Curry posted the first triple-double of his playoff career with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds in a double-double display. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) and Walt Frazier did it in 1970. I think the complimentary guys have to have an impact of some fashion because they were pretty much nonexistent in Game 1.
"We can't give up 23 points off our turnovers".
Klay Thompson contributed 22 points for the Warriors, who used their explosive offence to suffocate Cleveland's usually stingy defence. The Warriors squandered a 3-1 lead to the Cavs a year ago to miss a repeat.
"Well, it's been a great run but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series", Kerr said. "So we know the gravity he pulls when he's out there, and his movement off of the ball is one of the main reasons why we're a good team".
Curry made all 14 of his free throws. "It was 2-0 previous year, we lost". He and Durant combined for 66 points and 18 assists in the opener, then dominated again while the supporting cast shined. And we're a full group when he's out here.
It didn't matter in the end.
Seriously though, there's no other way to describe the onslaught that the Warriors have brought to the first two games of the Finals.
Paul Pierce also made 10 in a quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2008 NBA Finals. Despite the King having a stellar game of his own, dropping 28 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, James understands the Wine and Gold must clean up their mistakes heading into Game 2.
Q: Is it hard not to get demoralized though when you play so much better than you played in Game 1 and aside from the three-point shooting, you played really well as a team.