Curry, Durant propel Golden State to 2-0 series lead over Cleveland

The defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, down 1-0 in the best-of-even series, meet the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals on Sunday, June 4, 2017 (6/4/17) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

The Warriors lead the NBA Finals 1-0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James played a tremendous game and was the only Cavaliers player that created offense last night.

James said that despite losing by 19 points, his team played better that in the first meeting. "Some good things going on but we've got to get better".

Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against Portland.

"What was the difference?"

Durant became only the third player in NBA history to score 25 points in his first seven NBA Finals appearances, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. We love his voice.

More help from his teammates would go a long way too. Indeed, they were just three points down going into halftime. His blocked shot that led to a three really helped take the air out of the Cavaliers. When you have Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry and Draymond Green and Klay Thompson playing like this, no challenge seems extraordinary.

"Klay played so well in Game 1, without shooting well, and to me that usually indicates that the ball's going to go in", Kerr said of Thompson.

"Well, I'm pretty sure that won't happen tomorrow", Durant said with a grin Saturday. I think at the end of the day, I think everyone talks to officials.

Despite rumors of his return swirling around Warriors practice on Saturday, Kerr's status remained a mystery until just hours before Game 2.

"Tonight was a game based on talent".

So the players didn't turn Kerr's return into the big event.

Next - Game Three will be played in Cleveland on June 7.

At one point in the third quarter, the Cavs cut an 11-point deficit to four, but James committed a foul that led to two points and then committed a turnover that led to a fast-break layup plus a foul shot by Kevin Durant to ignite a 16-4 run that gave the Warriors a 16-point lead.

Curry and Kevin Durant tag-teamed the Warriors within two victories of another championship. "It was probably the key to the whole game".

"He's a reason why we're able to be who we are", Warriors teammate Shaun Livingston said. "Kyrie knows what he's capable of". His personal record against James before becoming a Warrior was 4-17, including the 2012 Finals, in which James and the Miami Heat defeated the Thunder in five games - despite Durant posting individual numbers generally superior to those of James.

Surely that trend would change for Game 2, especially after the Warriors routed the Cavaliers 113-91.