Then Curry drove in for a layup as James tried in vain to block it. That's been the focus the last two days is can we repeat the formula. It's the second consecutive year Golden State won the first two games of the Finals. The Cavaliers wore their sleeved black jerseys for the first time since Games 5 and 7 of last year's Finals, a pair of games they won in Oakland.
The Warriors got double-digit scoring efforts from four of their five starters, led by 33 from Durant and a triple-double of 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists from Curry.
The Warriors answered by signing former Most Valuable Player Durant, adding a powerful forward to 3-point sharpshooters Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, and top rebounder Draymond Green. They were averaging 14 triples a game but went cold from there, making just 8 of 29 tries.
The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an National Basketball Association record with 14 straight postseason wins.
"Having awareness, can't relax, can't fall asleep", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "Trust me, we know. Now we got to go home and regroup".
That the Warriors looked at one another, set their jaws and nodded when they heard Kerr would be back on the bench for the first time since April 19.
The 51-year-old Kerr underwent a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but was still experiencing debilitating symptoms such as pain and headaches.
"It did feel good to see the ball go in", he conceded.
" A Steve Kerr return to the sidelines, announced a couple hours before tip".
"I could play much better", he said.
"I'm just seeing a lot of bodies", Irving said.
"For him the whole priority was his health, and I think he's in a good place right now", Curry said. Michael Jordan was the only player to ever reach even four of those five statistical thresholds during postseason play before Durant on Sunday evening; the Chicago Bulls' legend grabbed just seven boards in his personal masterpiece 26 years ago.
Their largest lead of the third was 16. James and the small-ball lineup got within four, but the offense sputtered, going over three minutes without scoring, and the Warriors pounced, extending the lead back to sixteen.
It only grew from there.
Thompson's defense has been a key throughout, and his primary assignment in The Finals has been Cavs star Kyrie Irving, who is shooting 40 percent (18-of-45) through the first two games. "They're obviously trying to make a few other guys make plays, and when we're coming off our isolations, they're bringing a few more bodies to clog the lane". That's what they do. You can't take a peek somewhere and lose your man.
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. But if that's on James' mind, he isn't sharing it. I said, 'Have fun.' It's supposed to be fun. "I'm feeling better. I'm feeling more like I did at the end of the regular season".
"Honestly, I was rushing to begin with because I felt like there was an angle here, and angle there, [but] there wasn't because of a huge crowd on that right side of the floor", Curry said.