Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole

Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole

LeBron James had powerfully dragged the Cavaliers into a competitive situation early in the fourth quarter Sunday night, but for a chance to beat the Warriors, he needed a sliver of help in the final eight minutes to take the NBA Finals back to Cleveland tied.

The Warriors, on an National Basketball Association record 14-game playoff win streak, lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven championship series entering Wednesday's third game at Cleveland.

"He's a reason why we're able to be who we are", Warriors teammate Shaun Livingston said. "It definitely is a must win".

After starting the series with a game-high 38 points, as well as nine rebounds and eight assists, Durant displayed his defense in a 132-113 victory over the Cavs - which opened up a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series - at Oracle Arena on Monday (AEDT). "Some good things going on but we've got to get better". Although the Cavaliers played much more physical defense than in Game 1 with some first-half success, they couldn't sustain it against so much firepower. "And my guys did OK while I was gone".

"With the game plan that we had, we tried to execute it as close as possible", LeBron James said after the game.

Thompson's fellow splash bro Stephen Curry quietly picked up the first triple-double of his playoff career, logging 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Since joining the Warriors last summer, though, it's 3-1, the teams splitting two games in the regular season and the Warriors winning Games 1 and 2 of The Finals.

Cleveland's third star, point guard Kyrie Irving, struggled offensively with a 8-for-23 shooting night as he had to expend so much energy at the other end defending Curry and Thompson. "It's fresh in our minds". Right now, individuality means absolutely nothing when it comes to this team sport.

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"They're doing that and it's opening up Kev [Love] for the offensive rebound, so if Kev is getting the offensive rebound instead of me, it's still a win for us". It may not be the easiest welcome-back game, but the Warriors finally have their leader back at the helm. To that I say "give me a break". "It's just basically just trying to get more scoring on the floor, more shooting, because they try to load up and help so much". "But we have to be better as far as not relaxing".

Kerr, a five-time National Basketball Association champion as a player, had been absent since game two of his side's first play-off series against Portland Trail Blazers after suffering complications from back surgery in 2015.

"I would imagine Kyrie's going to come out and have a great game", Love said.

TURNING POINT: After a layup by Irving pulled the Cavs within four, 86-82, with 5:42 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 16-6 run, closing the quarter with a 102-88 lead. Now we're just ragging on Curry because he was lying down? And we understand that.

"Down 0-2, going home, you have to live with those odds".

After being unable to coach for most of these playoffs, coach Kerr felt good enough to suit up and be back on the sidelines for Golden State.

"Having awareness - can't relax, can't fall asleep", he said. "You can't take a peek somewhere and lose your man".

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