The Warriors now have a 2-0 lead over the Cavs.
"It's hard to think back to all the games, but he was tremendous - nine threes and seemed to hit a big shot every time we needed one", coach Steve Kerr said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are down two games to none to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, and when odds of winning are perilously low, the call for a high-risk, high-reward strategy is evident.
Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Kevin Love did manage to score 22, but there was no other support among the Cavs ranks and they fly back to OH knowing they need to make home advantage count in Game Three and Game Four.
"He makes tough shots, that's what he does", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "Once he releases it, (if) he sees the basket, he usually makes it".
The 30-year-old maestro scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, answering a LeBron James 3-pointer with back-to-back 3s for a 96-83 lead. He has two regular-season MVP awards; he's at the fore of the revolution that has taken place in the National Basketball Association, where three-point shooting has become the new dunking. "They ran around a little too freely". Lue was hit with a technical, saying afterward he didn't say much but was on the court. The five-time NBA All-Star has made half of the 28 3-pointers he's shot in the series, including 6 of 8 in the fourth quarter and overtime. I was proud of our guys the way we competed. He's part of the team's vaunted Hampton 5 lineup, which includes Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. But they won. So instead of desperation, they may fight over-confidence. Even if he should, James isn't going to throw his teammates under the bus. Fans couldn't wait to bury him in memes.
Nearly two weeks ago, Kerr said: "Until he's able to run without pain, I can't play him". Of course the Warriors pulled away in overtime for the win in a game they should have lost, not even counting the missed calls referees made in the closing minute that helped secure the Warriors the win.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State forward Andre Iguodala hasn't experienced any pain over the last few days and plans to return for the NBA Finals, league sources tell ESPN. To have a chance, Cleveland has got to hammer Golden State on the boards.
In total, he posted 33 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. His first points - the first for Cleveland - came on a goaltend by McGee. "I aim to play in Game 3, but I've aimed to play in Game 2 and Game 3".
TNT analyst and former player Charles Barkley wants nothing to do with dynasty talk regarding the Warriors.
The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 27-18 in the second quarter. They can knock the Warriors around below the rim, frustrating shooters and making the pretty look ugly. They finished 15 for 36 from long range.
The NBA Finals is serious business for Filipinos. They terrified the Warriors for much of the first game behind LeBron James's 51 points, turning their misses into second shots with 19 offensive rebounds, compared to the Warriors' four. "No matter offensively or defensively".
"If they win this one, they're right up there with all of the teams for a dynasty-type calibre situation up here in Golden State". His minus-1 was by far the best among any Cavs who played at least 10 minutes.