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NBA: Another dominant display by Warriors

Dominant duo: The combined might of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry proved too much for the Cavaliers even as LeBron James produced an impressive show in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Warriors’ home court on Sunday.

Dominant duo: The combined might of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry proved too much for the Cavaliers even as LeBron James produced an impressive show in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Warriors’ home court on Sunday.  

James’ triple-double to no avail; Cavaliers have their work cut out in home games

Golden State Warriors overcame 20 turnovers and a triple-double by Cleveland’s LeBron James to beat Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 at the Oracle Aarena on Sunday and push its Finals series lead to 2-0.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant was once again the best player on the court as he electrified the gold-clad sold-out crowd in Oakland with 33 points and 13 rebounds to go along with five blocks three steals.

Guard Stephen Curry had a triple-double of his own but also committed eight turnovers.

Curry and Durant have been hailed as the best duo in the NBA but the Warriors guard said they were just trying to play good basketball.

“I’m not it’s for us to debate,” Curry said. “We’re young, healthy, and playing a game we love.”

With the win, the Warriors set an NBA record for most consecutive playoff victories at 14. They are now two wins away from making their case as the greatest team of all time.

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Durant became only the third player in NBA history to score 25 points in his first seven NBA Finals appearances, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.

James came out strong, with 18 first half points but struggled down the stretch on both ends of the floor, scoring just two fourth quarter points and turning the ball over four times.

The game’s defining sequence came in the third quarter when Curry used a dazzling display of dribbling to dart past the much-bigger James and finish with a layup off the glass.

That basket pushed the Warriors lead to 10 as Curry let out a scream and the crowd went into a frenzy.

After the game James said that despite losing by 19 points, his team played better than in the first meeting.

“Much more physical today than we were in Game One. And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we got to be much better too,” he said.

The game marked the return of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was sidelined earlier in April by persistent back pain following several surgeries. He said he intended to coach the team for the remainder of the best-of-seven series.

While the Warriors are looking strong they will no doubt be keen to keep their foot on the gas.

They had a 3-1 lead over Cleveland in last year’s Finals before the Cavs stormed back to win it in seven games.

Game Three is in Cleveland on Wednesday.

The result:

Golden State Warriors 132 (Durant 33, Green 12, Thompson 22, Curry 32) bt Cleveland Cavaliers 113 (James 29, Love 27, Irving 19). Warriors lead 2-0.

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