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

ALL is not lost for defending champion Cleveland, going by how the Cavaliers were able to regain a degree of dignity in the opening half of the NBA Finals Game 2 at the Oracle Arena.

When Kevin Durant was asked postgame to take a step back and consider what the commonality has been in each of the 14 wins thus far, he was firmly focused on the present rather than series past.

"They're a different team", James said following a 132-113 loss in Game 2 on Sunday night that put Cleveland in an 0-2 hole.

Curry and Kevin Durant tag-teamed the Warriors within two victories of another championship.

They do now and are playing much better basketball than this time a year ago.

Kerr also reflected on the Warriors Game 3 woes before the current playoff run. He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year's Finals.

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored his first points of the series on a driving dunk midway through the first quarter.

Golden State beat Cleveland in the 2015 finals but were 2-0 and then 3-1 up previous year, only to let their lead slip as the Cavaliers won their first National Basketball Association title. Cavs players and coaches are not. The final two buckets - Jonas Jerebko's jumper and Avery Bradley's game-winner - were both a result of the Cavs losing Bradley on a screen, because one player switched and his teammate didn't. An off-balance KD flicked the ball up while falling backward and being fouled by Love and got a lucky bounce for a three-point play 7:04 before halftime just after Love had hit a 3 on the other end.

"They're going keep to coming, man", Curry said. Durant has been the best player in the series, fantastic on defense and provided more offense in two games than Barnes did in seven.

"As time goes on, and the changes start to become normal, people will start looking at it as normal", Durant says. He recognized that being careless with the ball as the series shifts to Cleveland could be problematic.

This defiant stance sounds good and it gave us a story but I don't think it's the wisest course of action by any stretch of the imagination.

The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points.

And the Warriors point to Game 3 as the initial turning point.

Golden State improved to 14-0 this postseason to keep alive a chance of becoming the first group to go unbeaten all the way to a title.

The comments came after Curry initially joked he couldn't stand Durant. So it's a little different dynamic but it's still something that holds up well because of our length and our switching ability and the fact that between the two of them, KD and Draymond, can cover the rim.

Sure, James still notched his record-tying eighth career Finals triple-double and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had big nights.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been almost invisible and the bench has offered little help.

But after being so close a year ago and falling short, the Warriors know how hard the next two will be. "It's human nature. Up 2-0, everybody in the world (is saying), 'It's over, it's over.' No, it's not over". "No, it's not over".

"We want 15-0", Kerr said.

But it was amusing, and a bit telling, to listen to the Cavs yesterday because despite what everyone saw in the first two games, they remain resolute that they aren't going to change what they do to try and climb back into the series. And we take pride in it, we care about it.

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