One of the big talking points going into Sunday’s showdown was the fact that, since 2009, LeBron James hadn’t lost in Game 2 of the NBA Finals after dropping Game 1. He’d won his last nine Game 2 match-ups and was 10-1 all-time in Game 2 of the Finals up to that point. That ended up just being the latest record the Warriors have shattered this season as they dominated the Cavs to the tune of 110-77 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
For the second game in a row, the Splash Brothers took a backseat as Draymond Green led the way for the Warriors with 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting — including 5 of 8 from deep — to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson did, however, bounce back from a quiet Game 1 to score 18 and 17 points, respectively, on 50 percent shooting from downtown.
It was a slow start all-around for everyone involved, but the Cavs were never quite able to recover from poor shooting and sloppy play to keep this game competitive.
LeBron James was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time in his career on 0 of 5 shooting, but had five assists. Kyrie Irving was aggressive early and made his first two shots of the game but didn’t score again for the entire first half and finished with just 10 points. Kevin Love, likewise, had a difficult night, but for different reasons. After taking an elbow to the back of the head in the first half, he never looked quite right, and at one point appeared to be disoriented before heading back to the locker room during a timeout. Team officials insisted that he didn’t show any signs of a concussion, but his night was cut short regardless.