The Golden State Warriors took a commanding 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals, blitzing the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-77 in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena.
The Warriors trailed by two at the end of the first quarter and led by eight at halftime, before clicking into overdrive after the main break, outscoring the Cavs by 12 in the third quarter and 13 in the final term.
With Cleveland focussing their defensive attention on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, it was Draymond Green who stepped up, taking advantage of the plethora of open looks he was afforded. The Cavs’ plan backfired as Green top-scored with 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting – including 5-for-8 from three-point range.
Curry finished with 18 points – hitting half of his eight three-point attempts – but he had no qualms about playing second-fiddle to Green, clearly in celebratory mode on the bench as the Warriors ran away with it late.
LeBron James top-scored for Cleveland with 19 on disappointing 7-for-17 shooting, while Kyrie Irving scored only 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
The Finals move on to Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday morning (AEST) in a welcome reprieve for the Cavaliers, who are under pressure for virtually the first time in this year’s playoffs.