Warriors forward Kevin Durant was once again the best player on the court as he electrified the gold-clad sold-out crowd at Oracle Arena with 33 points and 13 rebounds to go along with five blocks and three steals. We've been here. We have to stay hungry and know that it's a long way to go.
"They're going keep to coming, man", Curry said. We've been here. The guys that were here past year understand it's the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we've got two more games to go.
"At that point I was a little bit more composed than earlier in that possession", Curry said. In Game 2, they were - and they sent Stephen Curry to the free throw line 14 times. So the ideal playoff mark wasn't overly lauded. "But if that game never comes and he continues to play the defense that he's been playing, we should be just fine". "It motivates us to win for him". In last year's playoffs which they ultimately lost, Thompson was a +3.0 defender, which simply means that he was bad at it. He wore down. Still, he finished with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Only former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson had eight prior finals triple doubles. LeBron opted not to speak at the podium postgame where players of his stature normally speak (it is the space where the most media fit and the stationed cameras are), instead choosing to do a "scrum" around him in the locker room. James asked. "Think so right?" "But it will mean something". After two games, this one has been about only the Golden State Warriors.
Guard Stephen Curry had a triple-double of his own but also committed eight turnovers.
"I knew he was a special talent", Thompson said. It didn't matter. Kevin Love occasionally found his range while scoring 27 points.
Q: If you would point a single aspect of your game you need to improve to win Game 3, what would it be?
Golden State became the first club in National Basketball Association history to win 14 consecutive playoff games and the Warriors could be in the early years of a dynasty run to match legendary Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers teams.
He, too, shrugged off individual glory. For me, it did feel good to see the ball go in. As a result, he saw a dramatic decrease in minutes, going from 28 in Game 1 to just 14 in Game 2.
"We've got to be better as far as not relaxing, not falling asleep, the 50/50 balls, we got to get to those". If you make a mistake - like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again. I play as hard as I can. "And you are talking two of the greatest players that we got in this world locked in the way they are, that's why we're up 2-0". And we're a full group when he's out here. Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games - six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago. Curry listened and had a spectacular night to lead Golden State to a 2-0 NBA Finals advantage with Sunday's 132-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "You know you have to do something pretty special to score".
But perhaps the most important part of all this is Thompson's acceptance of his new role, and from the looks of things, he's taking the new job quite well.
3-point goals - C 8-29 (Irving 2-6, Love 2-7, Derr.Williams 1-1, Jefferson 1-2, James 1-3, Korver 1-3, Frye 0-1, Dero.Williams 0-2, Smith 0-2, Shumpert 0-2), GS 18-43 (K.Thompson 4-7, Durant 4-8, Curry 4-11, Green 3-6, Clark 2-5, Iguodala 1-4, Barnes 0-1, West 0-1).