Warriors make it two-in-a-row, shut down LeBron James and the Cavs


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MANILA, Philippines – Stephen Curry made it rain from the outside to overshadow LeBron James’ new career milestone, 122-103 on Monday, June 3, 2018 (Manila Time) at The Oracle Arena in in Oakland California, USA.

Warriors make it two-in-a-row, shut down LeBron James and the Cavs
Stephen Curry’s 9 triples helped his team pinned down Cavs to 2-0 series advantage | Photo Credit: espn.com

The Warriors basically wanted to prove that their game 1 win over the Cavaliers is no fluke and they really deserved it. So, they shot perfectly in the first 3 minutes of the opener for a 15-6 lead.

All of Golden State’s starting 5 waxed hot from all angles of the court and so did LeBron James for his team.

Few minutes before the quarter ended, Cleveland trailed Golden State by 8 but managed to trim it down to just 4. LeBron James led all scorers with 10 while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each had 7. 32-28 In favor of the Warriors.

Fans blamed JR Smith for Cleveland’s debacle in game 1. But LeBron James refused to put the blame on his shooting guard. Instead, he told the media and their supporters that Smith will definitely get better next game.

Smith’s aggressiveness offensively gave him 8 points in the second which was just 2 points shy of his total performance in the previous game.

Cavs slowed down in scoring in the 2nd quarter that gave opportunity for the Dubs to escalate their lead to double-digit for the first time in this game.

It was very noticeable that LeBron James was suffering from a left sore eye after getting poked by Draymond Green in their first encounter. James’ left eye was completely red and could be a factor for his unusual low performance in game 2.

Cleveland’s woes got bigger and bigger as Stephen Curry found his rhythm from the outside, finished the 1st half with 16 points and helped the Warriors gained a 13-point margin, 59-46 heading to the 3rd quarter.

George Hill and Kevin Love started to unleash long bombs as soon as the 3rd period started. Hill and Love joined James in double-digit scoring.

Halfway through the third, Warriors’ lead was reduced to 6 from 13 as the Cavaliers intensified their offense and tightened their defense on the other end.

4 Cavaliers got into double-figures as the penultimate quarter ended. Despite that milestone, The Warriors were still ahead 90-80.

James and Curry began the final quarter by trading triples. But it was Curry who had the most that led to a mandatory Cleveland timeout as Golden State once again brought its lead back to 13.

LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul Jabbar for second place on NBA Finals scoring list after recording his 25th point at the 8th minute mark of the 4th.

James’ historic feat doesn’t mean anything for him as Cleveland was still behind by 14 and Stephen Curry kept pounding them hard with barrage of three pointers.

Coach Ty Lue had conceded to Coach Steve Kerr with 4 more minutes left in the game by pulling out his starters and sending his reserves in.

The Warriors simply put the Cavaliers to shame with a 122-103 victory and grabbed the 2-0 series lead.

Stephen Curry’s 33 points with 9 triples completely overshadowed LeBron James double-double and career milestone in this game.

It’s now the Warriors’ turn to visit the Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio on June 7 (Manila Time) for the crucial game number 3 where LeBron James hopes to turn the tides to their favor and prolong the series.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express


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