(KRON) The Warriors win, the Warriors win big! Golden State bulldozed the Cavs 110-77. The Warriors now lead the series 2-0.
The Warriors are 50-3 at Oracle Arena this year.
Green had 28 points, Thompson finished with 17 and Curry 18. Curry only played 25 minutes.
Lebron James scored just 19 points and didn’t play most of the 4th quarter.
Of the 31 teams who have won the first two games of The Finals, 28 have gone on to win the championship.
At the end of the 3rd quarter Warriors lead 82-62 over the Cavs.
Cleveland’s Kevin Love took himself out of the game early in the third quarter and went to the locker room, and Golden State’s Stephen Curry just picked up his fourth foul with 8:42 left in the quarter.
Love was knocked woozy by an inadvertent elbow from Warriors forward Harrison Barnes with just over five minutes to play in the second quarter. Love lay on the court for several minutes, grabbing the back of his head. Draymond Green scored over him, but after a timeout Love was able to remain in the game.
Green has 28 points, Thompson 17 and Curry 15.
The Warriors made a 2nd quarter run, at the half Warriors 52-44 lead over the Cavs. Draymond Green has 18 points. Steph Curry has 12 points.
Draymond Green said he would be better from 3-point range in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
So far, so good.
Green has connected on three of his first four tries from beyond the arc, with 18 points in the first 19 minutes of Sunday night’s game. He’s helped stake the Warriors to a 42-30 lead, after they were down by six early in the second quarter.
21-19 Cavs lead the Warriors after the 1st quarter. Green had 9 points and Curry had 5 points.
LeBron James missed all five of his shots in the quarter. Andrew Bogut had four blocks in the game’s first 7:20 for the Warriors.
And it’s another slow start for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The “Splash Brothers” had five points in the period, all from Curry — and they shot a combined 2 for 7.
Curry did, perhaps surprisingly, grab a game-best six rebounds in the quarter.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr expects Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to get back to their sharpshooting forms in Game 2. The Splash Brothers combined for just 20 points in Golden State’s Game 1 victory.
“They’re great players,” Kerr said. “They will probably shoot a lot better than Game 1, but you never know.”
Kerr says the focus is not on shooting, but instead on defending and taking care of the ball. As for the 8 for 27 combined showing by Curry and Thompson, Kerr was asked if he liked the shots the backcourt took in Game 1.
“Those guys are allowed to take any shot they want,” the coach said.
Golden State can tie two NBA records Sunday night.
The Warriors enter Game 2 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland with 49 home wins and 86 wins overall this season, factoring in regular season and playoffs.
That puts Golden State one shy of matching the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ full-season record of 87 wins. The Warriors toppled their regular-season mark of 72 wins this year, going 73-9.
Also, Golden State could become the third team to win 50 home games. That would match the record set by the 1985-86 and 1986-87 Boston Celtics.
Having said that, Golden State could stand alone in one respect: The Warriors would be the first team to win 50 games in one arena in a season. Those Celtics teams that won 50 games at “home” played three games in each of those seasons at Hartford, Connecticut, going 5-1 in those contests.