Durant's menacing defense leads the way for Warriors

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant left drives on Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland Calif. Sunday

Kevin Durant's offense was the highlight of the NBA Finals opener between the Warriors and Cavaliers, but it was his efforts at the other end of the floor that stood out for returning coach Steve Kerr in Game 2. He joined a team that had won an NBA-record 73 games the previous regular season before squandering a 3-1 lead in the Finals and falling to these same Cavaliers in an epic Game 7.

Golden State improved to 14-0 this postseason and is trying to become the first group to go unbeaten all the way to a title. "It definitely is a must win".

"We play at our pace", James said. "Do things - I don't want to say differently because you work so hard to get to this point - but make a couple of changes to see if we can be a lot better defensively and offensively".

The Golden State Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a 132-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2, and after the game, LeBron James was not in the mood for silly questions. "And we will. You just get excited thinking about it because we know we can play better". "If I remember, it was-I think it was 86-82, they come out, I did a stupid strip foul on Livingston, he hits two free throws, we come down and turn the ball over, and then they hit a three and it went from a four-point game to a 10-point game that fast". After his remarkable performance in Game 1, finishing with 38 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers to lead Golden State to a victory, Durant followed that up with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and five blocks in Game 2.

Interestingly enough, this year's Finals matchup is being compared to another Jordan team.

With that said, a rematch between these two teams sans Durant would have made for more of an entertaining series, especially with Klay Thompson's shooting struggles before he regained his stroke in Game 2. "It's fresh in our minds". The Warriors have yet to lose in the playoffs, and they might just be too good to be challenged by anyone.

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry also refused to bite on the 16-0 chatter and steered the conversation back to Wednesday's pivotal Game 3 in Cleveland.

With the talent the Warriors have, the Cavs have a thin margin for error in this series. They are now two wins away from making their case as the greatest team of all time. "We're hoping it's going to be a different story at home".

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The Warriors will attempt to defend home court once more when they host the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday. We're only gonna do it together, that's just our whole mindset. "So it's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing".

The reigning coach of the year had been absent since Game 3 of the Warriors first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers due to pain and discomfort caused by complications from a back surgery he underwent two years ago.

To wit: the Warriors have outscored Cleveland by nine points in the first two quarters, and by 30 in the second half.

You never know when the dynamite could go off, but Green sounded like a man of his word Sunday when he said, "I think I'm a pretty smart guy, and I learned my lesson". "He's one of the great players of all-time".

"I don't want to get into the "what we need to do better" right now".

"Down 0-2, going home, you have to live with those odds". You've got to play every game like you're down.

"Right now, it means nothing", James said minutes after the defeat.

"Having awareness, can't relax, can't fall asleep", he said. It started with getting to the basket early and taking good shots. "So we just have to be mentally prepared to withstand the runs that they make at us or the small adjustments they make and be able to counter it".



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