Warriors whip Cavaliers to take 2-0 NBA Finals lead

Jun 5, 2016, 7:50 PM
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30), forward Draymond Green (23) and teammates celebrate...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30), forward Draymond Green (23) and teammates celebrate during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. — The repeat championship Golden State has spoken of since the very start more than eight months ago is suddenly two wins from becoming reality.

That’s the only way the Warriors’ record-setting season will feel right. They certainly look unstoppable.

Draymond Green flexed his bulging biceps with big plays on both ends of the floor all night for 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while MVP Stephen Curry scored 18 points despite foul trouble, and Golden State thoroughly overwhelmed the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

Once the Splash Brothers found their shooting touch, Cleveland couldn’t keep up. Klay Thompson got hot after halftime to finish with 17 points and five assists as Golden State became the first team to go ahead 2-0 in the finals since the Lakers in 2009 against Orlando.

Now, the series shifts to Cleveland, and LeBron James and the Cavs must show up for Game 3 on Wednesday in front of their title-starved fans down 2-0 to the defending champs and with forward Kevin Love dealing with a head injury.

The NBA said Love experienced dizziness early in the second half and left for the locker room to be re-examined, then was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol. The league said he didn’t exhibit any symptoms before then, even after taking an elbow to the back of the head from Harrison Barnes in the second quarter and going down for several minutes before returning following a timeout. He made a baseline 3-pointer for the Cavs’ first basket in nearly 5½ minutes.

After a scoreless first quarter when he missed all five shots but had five assists, James scored 14 of his 19 points in the second and also finished with nine assists and eight rebounds. James’ teams had won nine straight postseason Game 2s after losing the series opener dating back to a loss in the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals to Boston.

After Curry and Thompson combined for only 20 points in Thursday’s 104-89 Game 1 win on 8-for-27 shooting and the bench carried the load, they each hit four 3-pointers and went 13 for 24.

Leandro Barbosa had three straight transition layups in the third quarter and scored 10 points for his first back-to-back postseason games in double figures since 2008.

The Warriors’ 87 victories combined from their record 73-win regular season and the playoffs matched the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the group Golden State topped for the most regular season victories in NBA history of 73.

Andrew Bogut had four blocks in the first 7:15 and received a standing ovation when he came out at 3:50 in the first then went to the locker room late in the quarter. He hit his hand on the rim early and grimaced in pain.

Penguin Air

General News

J.T. Poston hits off the second tee during the third round of the John Deere Classic golf tournamen...
Associated Press

J.T. Poston wins John Deere Classic for 2nd PGA title, spot in British Open

J.T. Poston completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the John Deere Classic for his second PGA Tour title and a spot in the British Open.
1 day ago
Andy Stankiewicz Grand Canyon Head Coach gets ready for a baseball game between the Texas Tech Red ...
Arizona Sports

USC baseball hires GCU’s Andy Stankiewicz as head coach

After 11 seasons as manager of Grand Canyon's baseball team, Andy Stankiewicz is taking the head coaching job at USC.
1 day ago
J.T. Poston of the United States lines up a putt on the 14th green during the third round of the Jo...
Associated Press

J.T. Poston eagles 17th hole to take 3-shot lead at John Deere Classic

J.T. Poston made up for two bogeys with an eagle on the 17th hole to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the John Deere Classic.
2 days ago
(Twitter photo / @Padres)...
Arizona Sports

San Diego Padres unveil colorful City Connect uniforms

The San Diego Padres released MLB's newest and perhaps most colorful City Connect uniforms with a blend of pink, green and yellow.
2 days ago
Marcus Ferkranus (L) of the USA vies for the ball with Marco Aceituno (R) of Honduras, during their...
Associated Press

U.S. qualifies for 1st Olympic men’s soccer tournament since 2008

The United States qualified for its first Olympic men's soccer tournament since 2008 when the Americans beat Honduras 3-0 Friday night.
2 days ago
J.T. Poston of the United States plays a shot on the first hole during the second round of the John...
Associated Press

J.T. Poston takes 4-stroke lead into weekend at PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic

J.T. Poston took a four-stroke lead into the weekend in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic following an opening 9-under 62 with a 65 on Friday.
3 days ago
Warriors whip Cavaliers to take 2-0 NBA Finals lead