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Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr returns to coach Game 2

Melissa Porter | 06 June, 2017, 04:55

The Warriors-Cavaliers showdown everybody has been predicting for the past 11 months started Thursday when Golden State hosted the defending champion Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

With his team up 50-46 in the second quarter, but on the wrong end of an 8-0 Cavaliers run, Durant chose to take matters into his own hands.

Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough. Even distractions from Rihanna in Game 1 couldn't break Durant's concentration in the game, and he looks like he won't be stopping his success anytime soon.

LeBron James finished with a triple-double of his own, scoring 29 points, to go with his 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Golden State shot 18-for-43 (41.9 percent) from 3-point range, outscoring the Cavaliers 54-24 from beyond the arc. Cleveland has had no answers for two games, and if they don't find some by Wednesday, this series could be very, very short. Kevin Love added 27 points, and Kyrie Irving was struggling once again with 19 points but with bad percentage from the field making only 8 shots of 23. The four-time MVP's triple-double tied Magic Johnson's record with his eighth career Finals triple-double.

"We have done a lot of things well", Curry said.

Thompson went 8-for-12 from the field, 4-for-7 from 3-point range, dropping 22 points as the Warriors beat Cleveland 132-113.

"We won the first two games previous year, and the series changed in Cleveland", said Kerr. "That's what Golden State does".

Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery.

On that third-quarter drive, James had little help as Love got there late.

Golden State, which committed just four turnovers in Game 1, had eight in the first quarter alone but nonetheless managed to build as much as a 10-point advantage in the period. We saw what happened past year. He only took one shot (barely) outside the paint and made two of his three free throws.

The Cavs reached some of the goals they had for this game. The Warriors put separation between the Cavaliers as Cleveland tried to rally on three point attempts. Thompson played in his 78th postseason, most in franchise history.