NBA Finals: Warriors Annihilate Cavs, Take 2-0 Lead
The Golden State Warriors outscored the Cleveland Cavaliers 58-33 in the second half to complete a 110-77 rout in Game 2 of the NBA Finals to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.Advertisement
Draymond Green was the star of the show, tallying 28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal, besides hitting 5/8 shots from deep, while the Splash Brothers – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson – hit 8 out of 16 shots from deep in quick time as the Warriors proved too much for the Cavaliers. |Final Box Score|
Warriors feed of Bogut’s defense
Andrew Bogut, Golden State’s defensive anchor, had four of his five blocks in the first 7:15 of the game and let the Cavaliers know that finishing to the basket wasn’t an automatic option. Bogut’s intensity on defense was matched by backup Festus Ezili and the rest of the Warriors as the Cavaliers were held to just 77 points over four quarters – the least they’ve scored this postseason.
The 33-point margin marks the most lopsided victory in a finals game played by either teams. “I’m definitely surprised at the margin of victory tonight. It happens in the NBA, sometimes things get away from you. Sometimes shots go in, sometimes they don’t. … Everything changes when we go to Cleveland, we know that,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the victory.
Splash Brothers back with a bang
Curry and Thompson got off to a slow start after their worst playoff performance in Game 1. However, once their shots began to fall, Warriors were unstoppable. “What we’ve done the last few years, everybody, every night has an impact. You don’t know where it’s going to come from any given night. We’ve got to keep our focus and our edge and hopefully get two more,” Curry said after the victory.
Warriors became the first team to assert a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 against Orlando Magic. The series now shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Thursday.