Warriors beat Cavaliers to take 2-0 NBA Finals series lead

He is averaging 26.9 points per game - less than two points behind Stephen Curry - and has defended James extremely well.

But the Cavs' margin of error is slim, and they need a near-perfect game to beat Golden State.

"We just want to continue to play how we did in Game 2", said James, who led his Cavaliers to a title past year despite trailing Golden State by a 3-1 margin in the Finals.

"To see him back on the bench was huge", Curry said. But the three-time defending Western Conference champions only are concerned with one thing - Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

They have a lot of guys who are great passers, so you got to be alert at all times.

Should these two teams treat fans to a Game 7 for the second consecutive year, the current cost corresponds to that feat. And, in Game 2, he managed to acquire his third triple double, which tied Magic Johnson, 57, for the most in NBA Finals history. "It was 2-0 previous year, we lost". Meanwhile, Curry made 18 of 39 shots and has scored 60 points. If the Cavs don't take care of business on their home floor, they're done.

Kerr, a five-time National Basketball Association champion as a player, had been absent since game two of his side's first play-off series against Portland Trail Blazers after suffering complications from back surgery in 2015. "For him the whole priority was his health and I think he's in a good place right now". The key to a 30-point victory in Game 3 was more than being hungrier or playing harder than the Warriors.

"We can learn how thin the line is between success and failure", Curry said. "There is a lot of work for us left to do". Obviously, you're not going to stop the current MVP of these NBA Finals in Kevin Durant. "Who is going to say who is better?" After a miserable 3-for-16 shooting performance in Game 1, Klay Thompson was hitting only 36.6 percent of his shots in the playoffs.

The NBA Finals head to Cleveland for Game 3 Wednesday night.

"This is the danger game of the series and it has been [for the Warriors]", Slater said. "He's done that throughout his career, so we'll see what type of adjustments they make". Create a deficit and cut it to four. "They went up big right away so we've got to be ready for that initial force". Golden State won in 2015.

Reporter: Well, yeah, I know, that's what I'm saying. It's a different game altogether. James had little help as Love got there late.

Smith has been a non-factor in the two losses with just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in 28 minutes in Game One and had zero points in Game Two on 0-of-2 shooting and four fouls in 14 minutes.

Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough. The Warriors, however, know from previous year that no matter how momentum swings, it's not over until it's over.