He scored 51 points, his career playoff high, while shooting almost 60 percent to go with eight rebounds and eight assists in Game 1.
"I think we lacked a little bit of communication and started to have a lot of slips", Cavs center Tristan Thompson said.
James has attempted over two more three pointers per game on the road (6.4), but in 11 games on opponents' courts is averaging roughly seven fewer points at 31.7 per game.
Then, as they often do, the Warriors exploded in the third quarter, using a quick 9-3 spurt after the break to level the score and taking off from there.
It was another dagger in the title hopes of Cleveland star LeBron James, who had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists while Kevin Love added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Just like past year, the ball was in his hands on the left wing with a chance to hit a big shot to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
In the first two Finals meetings between these two teams, if the Cavaliers had held Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to 21 combined points, they'd have been planning on evening the series on Friday after a Game 3 win on Wednesday.
"That wasn't the same shot", James said.
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In the early numbers that's up 7% over last year's Game 1 between the winning Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators. LeBron James responded to critics wondering if it was good to have the same two teams in the NBA Finals four years in a row.
"He hit that dagger three previous year, except maybe five feet closer".
They were big plays from someone who couldn't be more comfortable on this stage.
They just couldn't stop Kevin Durant.
"But you definitely tip your hat".
"I mean, you guys ask me what is the difference between the Warriors - you guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer?"
Durant scored 24 in the first half, when the Warriors attempted 13 free throws to zero for the Cavs, a disparity that induced further wrath on the officials from Cleveland fans still stinging from the now infamous reversed call in Game 1.
"That was wonderful what he did out there tonight", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr of Durant. "He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league.? But his one-on one ability really saved them again tonight". Even though the Warriors are up two games to none, the Dubs expect Game 3 to be the toughest one of the series. "I want to be a part of leading that charge and playing an fantastic game tomorrow and really taking control of the series". Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131. But he's not going anywhere, even mentally, until this series is over.
Warriors back in NBA Finals again after test from Rockets
Unlike the Warriors' championship in 2015 or the Cavaliers' title in 2016, one team was very obviously better than the other. Despite the grueling series with the Rockets that went seven games, Warriors fans shouldn't worry about player's focus.
Tyronn Lue finally gave Rodney Hood a chance - the mid-season acquisition's chemistry with LeBron has been iffy, but in a series where the Cavs need shot creation he is their second best at that.
But unlike Durant, Smith and Love didn't keep it going.
"You know that you can never relax". Kerr said Iguodala would be upgraded to questionable for Game 3.
"For me, tonight will be tough".
During the regular season, James was remarkably consistent regardless of where he played. "You can't have mistakes".
Durant's triple from the top of the key with 49 seconds remaining gave the Warriors a six-point lead they would not lose, as they ran out 110-102 winners at Quicken Loans Arena.
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