"We're a more full group when he's out here". "So that means a lot".
James was equally spectacular with his own triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but yet again didn't get almost enough help to keep up with the Warriors' depth. "You never know who will come up and show up for us".
"We've got to be better as far as not relaxing, not falling asleep, the 50/50 balls, we got to get to those". "We actually wanted to make it out to the game on Sunday but we couldn't get our hands on tickets so this is the next best thing so we got to see LeBron", said Aaron Tolentino, Cavs fan.
The best-of-seven series now shifts to Cleveland for two games, with Game 3 Wednesday.
The drama began even before Sunday's game, when Kerr - who had not coached the Warriors' previous 11 games after the lingering symptoms from a botched back surgery nearly two years ago worsened two games into Golden State's first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers - strode into the interview room and declared he was coming back to the sideline in Game 2.
I have to agree with Chuck on this one. Maybe get a little teary-eyed. So if they can win two more games... to me - and I will shout it from the highest mountaintops, even in Laker Land if I have to - this will be the greatest team in history.
The Warriors' offensive attack gets most of the headlines, but it's their defense that truly separates them from the pack, something Steve Kerr gives former Dubs head coach Mark Jackson credit for. Cleveland shooting guard J.R. Smith appeared to help push James out of harm's way. He stoned a Channing Frye pick-and-roll layup attempt later in the first quarter, swiped a James' driving floater out of bounds in the second quarter and rose to redirect an Iman Shumpert flying dunk attempt in the third, just after Green had left the game and he pushed to the center spot.
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Durant scored from every corner of the court. And Kyle Korver, who is shooting 17 percent from three this series, still hasn't found his outside shot and has contributed 8 points of production through two games. "You guys asked me what was the difference, and I told you", LeBron James said.
Reporter: Well, yeah, I know, that's what I'm saying.
Kerr, 51, led the Warriors to the 2015 title before last year's defeat and said his side would have to play "smarter" in game three, which takes place in Cleveland on Wednesday (02:00 BST on Thursday). He and Durant combined for 66 points and 18 assists in the opener, then dominated again while the supporting cast shined.
Through two games, Durant and Stephen Curry are averaging 35.5 and 30 points per contest. Game 2 drew an average minute audience of 435,800 viewers, 1,774,600 unique viewers and 71,030,300 total minutes streamed - all records for an NBA Finals Game 2. End of the day, it doesn't matter.
Cavaliers small forward James, 32, made 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to draw level with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson on eight post-season triple-doubles. Curry's 10 first-quarter free throws matched a playoff record for made shots from the stripe in one period shared with Sarunas Marciulionis, done on April 28, 1992, at Seattle.
Paul Pierce has taken up an ESPN analyst gig after his playing career ended this spring, and for the most part, he's been pretty fun to watch. The players are duping refs into making awful calls and it's embarrassing for the game.