Curry, McGee Lead Warriors to a 2-0 Lead in NBA Finals

Jonathan Grant | June 4th, 2018

On a night where LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers tried their best just to keep the game close, the Golden State Warriors, led by the sharpshooting of Stephen Curry simply were much too much. Curry scored 33 points on the night, but it was the manner in which he scored them that will go down in the hearts, minds, and history books of those who watched the game. Curry scored 27 of those points on three pointers, meaning he is now the record holder for most threes made in an NBA Finals game (nine). That performance, among others fueled the Warriors to go on and take a commanding lead in the series at two games to none.

But long before Curry set the record, the Warriors had set the pace of the game. Despite only leading by four at the end of the first quarter, the game just never seemed all that close. There would be runs made by the Cavs to get within touching distance repeatedly, but they would not be able to remain close by. That was in large part due to the wonderful ball movement of the Warriors. Javalle McGee, a player that has been maligned for years due to his appearances on “Shaqtin’ A Fool” came up with his most notable game to date. The lanky #5 went 6-6 from the floor to score 12 points in 18 minutes of action. He was a bit of a surprise inclusion in the starting lineup, but it worked a treat for ‘Splash City.’ It did so because their ball movement was irresistible, and McGee was just much too large to miss as he went up for uncontested dunks time and time again.

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Another big contributor was Klay Thompson, whose presence in the game was a real doubt due to the ankle injury he had sustained in Game 1. He fought through the pain to play, and he helped set them on course for victory with 20 dazzling points in 34 minutes, far more playing time than many had imagined he’d get. With him shooting well and the team moving the ball, the Cavs just didn’t have much of a chance.

And that is saying a lot because it wasn’t a horrible night from the Cavs. LeBron, to no one’s surprise got his 29 points, and Kevin Love put in a very solid performance considering he has been plagued with that concussion issue of late. His 22 points and 10 boards was good, but those two players simply were not enough to keep the Cavaliers in it, and they would end up losing the game 122-103. With the series now heading to Cleveland, the Cavs must win to have any legitimate chance at the upset.

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