Curry dazzled in outdueling LeBron James as the two superstars traded big shots and celebratory moves, hitting an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scoring 33 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead. Warriors point guard Steph Curry sank nine three-pointers, a Finals record, and combined with teammate Kevin Durant for 59 points on 40 shots.
It will be hard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors to top the insanity of Game 1 in the 2018 NBA Finals. He put up a 27-9-8 stat line against the Cavs last year - plus two steals a game - that would have earned him MVP honours in nearly any other year, except Kevin Durant scored 35 points a game, many of them in the face of LeBron James.
"Regardless of how the season went, that's a pretty cool deal to accomplish", Curry told reporters. "I got to the bench, first thing that came to my mind I was like, "OK, I was calling a timeout.' But hopefully, I'm glad maybe if we didn't have any, I'm glad they didn't give it to me".
Warriors forward David West hit just the 65th three-pointer of his career and his first since the 2016-17 postseason in the third quarter. I think the only dynasty is the Spurs.
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After he inexplicably dribbled out the clock at the end of regulation in a tied game, Smith was basically a nonfactor on a night LeBron James needed all the help he could get to keep up with Stephen Curry and the Warriors.
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Smith has been one of the Cavs best options from 3-point range, but he was just 1 for 4 in this game.
And while the Cavaliers insisted that they weren't rattled by those Curry bombs - James said they know it's his business to make shots, so they can't be deflated when he does - Green said he knows that isn't true.
"Just a great performance", ABC announcer and former Golden State coach Mark Jackson said.
The water did not work for James, as he infamously got severe cramps late in the fourth quarter and had to sit out the final four minutes of the game. The style of play makes him an even more challenging cover for the 29th-ranked Cleveland defense, both because of the occasional confusion it brings about, but also because Curry's teammates will occasionally use his give-and-go sequences as an opportunity to screen for him in the corner. But through three quarters, the Warriors made 20 of 24 shots from the lane.
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Las Vegas already released their odds for the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association championship team. James, for his part, insists he's past a big part of how the Cavs got to this position - even as others do their best not to let him.