Warriors Gain 2-0 Lead Over Cavs

The Golden State Warriors took care of business at home. They beat the Cavaliers in both games at Oracle Arena and gained a 2-0 lead over the Cavs. Tonight, the Warriors won 122-103.

Davion Moore

In what was a strange Game 1, the Warriors beat the Cavs in overtime. A blunder by Cavs guard J.R Smith forced the game into overtime, and the Warriors capitalized. J.R Smith was the subject of ridicule on social media over the weekend. Even if you didn’t watch the game, I’m sure you saw memes or clips on it. This, as well as questionable calls, were supposedly the cause of the Cavs losing that game.  I expected the Cavs to play better in Game 2, but they ended up losing by 19 points. The Warriors played their typical game.

Steph Curry led the Warriors with 33 points. He shot 9 of 17 from three-point range. Curry set a Finals record in three-pointers made in a single game. He made 9 three-pointers and beat a record previously owned by Ray Allen. Allen had a record of 8 three-pointers and Steph Curry broke that record with his 9 three-pointers. Curry is also 16 three-pointers away from breaking Ray Allen’s record of most three-point field goals in playoff history. Allen made 385 three-pointers in 171 games. Curry currently has 370 in 88 games. Tonight, Curry also passed LeBron James, who had 369 three-pointers in 237 games. LeBron James was previously in second place, only behind Ray Allen. Now, Steph has taken that spot.

When asked about breaking the record, Steph Curry had this to say.

“As I’ve gone through my career I’ve been blessed to play, Reggie (Miller) and Ray Allen are always two names that pop up on that list, and all the 3-point shooters out there,” Curry said after the game. “So it’s an honor to be mentioned with all those names, that’s pretty special.”

Besides Curry, the Warriors received contributions from other players. Kevin Durant scored 26 points. He shot 10 of 14 from the field. After shooting 8 of 22 in Game 1, Durant bounced back and played better in this game. Klay Thompson had 20 points. JaVale Mcgee scored 12 points and was 6 of 6 in field goal attempts. Shaun Livingston scored 10 points off the bench.

The Warriors now have a 2-0 lead over the Cavs. The series continues in Cleveland on Wednesday. In the previous series, the Cavs lost the first two games on the road. But, they tied the series when they went to Cleveland. Could the Cavs have a similar fate in this series? I sure hope so. If possible, I want to see this series go to a Game 6 or 7. It doesn’t matter who wins, I just want a competitive series. If the Cavs win at home, then we could potentially see a competitive series. It’s all up the Cavs.