Curry, Durant lead Warriors to 2-0 with 132-113 rout
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 21:03
Warriors take a 2-0 series lead in NBA FinalsTheir leader and reigning NBA Coach of the Year back on the bench at last, Curry and Kevin Durant tag-teamed the Warriors within two victories of another championship.
But that wasn't enough.
"We definitely have a sense of what they're capable of", Love said.
Curry seized command in the third quarter with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors stretched a 67-64 half-time lead to 102-88 entering the fourth quarter, a margin no finals team had squandered so late to lose since 1992. "And we're a full group when he's out here, so that means a lot".
Both teams came out in the first quarter playing at a furious pace. And through two games, that pitch has borne out. Durant and Curry then knocked down 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to balloon the lead to 121-99 and render most of the final 6:18 as garbage time.
As Kerr walked out to the court before the game, he received a rousing standing ovation from the Golden State faithful and hugged Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue.
When the Warriors' stars are scoring like that, there's no way anyone - not even James - can counter them. It might not have been the easiest welcome-back game, but the Warriors finally have their leader back at the helm.
Durant is putting himself at the front of the Finals MVP conversation, as he's averaging 35.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists through the first two games. The most demoralizing part about Sunday night, was that the Cavaliers hung around throughout the first half, before things just became too much and the Warriors ripped their hearts out. Klay Thompson looked good early, and with even more fouls on Curry, including another three-point foul, the Warriors were in position for a Durant three to make it a 40-point quarter. They continued the frenetic pace and it seemed the Cavaliers could not keep up.
The series is not over, as we saw last season when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead. Kerr returned to the bench for the first time since back problems forced him to take a leave of absence in the first round of the playoffs.
"I'm not a past guy too much", James said. "And as I told you guys when I stepped aside in Portland, I don't know what happened. He's just a man that we really, really respect and hope that he keeps on doing it". Curry provided the coach more than a glimpse of his greatness from up close after Kerr had been watching games from the locker room while speaking to his players beforehand and at halftime.
At the time of his news conference, Kerr said he hadn't informed his players of his decision. Any worries about that, however, were quickly washed away once the game began. Meanwhile, the Warriors continued to roll with Ian Clark getting seven of his 10 points of the night and Thompson, Durant and Curry taking turns making big shots. "Implore them to win it for me because it's not important for them to win it for themselves".