After Curry and Durant combined for 66 points in Game 1, they poured in another 65 in Game 2, while Thompson - who came into this game shooting 36.6 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from three in these playoffs - added 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting.
The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC - the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 - delivered a 12.7 metered market rating, up seven percent compared to an 11.9 for NBA Finals Game 2 in 2016.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers try to dig out of another NBA Finals hole, trailing 0-2 against the Golden State Warriors, the reigning champs are leaning on their past experience and the message is obvious: They "absolutely" still believe they can win the series. Golden State got off to a 2-0 lead in the series, but lost four of the remaining five games, giving Cleveland its first National Basketball Association championship.
Two games into the NBA Finals, the biggest names on the marquee are living up to the billing, though Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is making an impressive case for being equal to, and maybe above, Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. Don't expect any difference when the series goes back to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Midseason acquisitions Kyle Korver and Deron Williams have failed to make their anticipated impact, with Williams being held scoreless through two games while Korver followed up a zero-point opener with eight points but has been a liability defensively. Durant and Curry then knocked down 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to balloon the lead to 121-99 and render most of the final 6:18 as garbage time.
James is averaging a triple-double through two games, with 28.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. No one else has more than two.
Yes, the Warriors won the first two games at home by a significant margin. "It was 2-0 previous year and we lost". "And we forced them to 20 turnovers, and they still beat us pretty good, so we got to be much better, too". Since the first round moved to a Best of 7 in 2003, the fewest total playoff games was 79 in 2007 - the same year LeBron and the Cavs were swept by the Spurs. I know it's going to take some time for us to adjust.
The Cavs have struggled on switches, leading to open shots for Golden State.
Kevin Love just had his best season in Cleveland, and it seems like he's finally fit in with his new team after three seasons. Autograph seekers didn't get what they were looking for as the players walked right on by-but many said they were still happy to get a glimpse. That was key. But they went smaller.
The Warriors started to pull away in the third quarter, building a 14-point lead to start the fourth quarter.
Warrior's Stephen Curry answers question from the media during the post-game interviews. "We understand how unsafe they are", he said. "We're hoping that we can kind of slow them down at our place and get into them a little bit more, and I keep saying play 48 sustained, solid minutes of basketball".
LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in defeat, the eighth postseason triple-double of his career, equaling Magic Johnson's all-time record.