Game 3 is Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Star Warriors guard Stephen Curry notched his first ever post-season triple-double, scoring 32 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Only former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson had 8 prior finals triple doubles.
Curry credited his first finals triple double to the tension of the title quest and the effort needed to answer the Cavs' challenge. "And to see him back on the bench was huge".
All was right again for the Warriors with their leader back in his usual spot on the bench.
Curry provided the coach more than a glimpse of his greatness from up close after Kerr had been watching games from the locker room while speaking to his players beforehand and at halftime. "Just having a guy that has been here, done that before, has so much confidence in everything that we do and walks the walk, allows us to be ourselves and be confident in approaching game two".
Thompson emerged from a postseason-long shooting funk to score 22 points with four 3-pointers while playing more stellar defense and pulling down seven rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 18 for 43 from deep.
The Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award had a pair of co-winners this year. And so are Cleveland's black jerseys. They wore the black shirts while winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals past year, and will try the look again Sunday against Golden State. He attended the pregame news conference Sunday and said he had not yet told his players that he would be back coaching, though said they knew in recent days that he was improving. "But they like those jerseys, but we got to be ready to play tonight and we will be". "You can talk like 15-0 or whatever he did, but the team was just falling apart at the seams, and so I just had to get back to make sure we righted the ship".
When he was announced to the crowd at Oracle, Kerr was greeted with a rousing ovation.
"I'm excited and it's good to be back", Kerr said.
Kerr, however, could not say enough about the acting head coach.
"No, Mike is ideal, he's flawless as my right-hand man", Kerr said.