The Golden State Warriors continued their dominance of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 with a 132-113 victory.

Similarly to Game 1, the first half was very competitive. LeBron James was excellent once again to start the game. He was aggressive right from the tip, and attacked the basket every chance he got. He finished the half with 18 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds. His play even earned him respect from his biggest critics.

Kyrie Irving struggled tremendously in the first half, but Kevin Love picked up the slack with 15 important points. Despite the play of James and Love in the first half, Cleveland still found themselves down by three points going into the second half. The reason why is because Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were excellent yet again with 15 points each in the first half. Golden State even got offensive contribution from Klay Thompson with 11 big first half points.

In the second half Golden State ran away with game, outscoring Cleveland by 16 points, and made history in the process.

Takeaways for Golden State

Golden State did a great job of taking care of the ball in Game 1, only committing four turnovers. In Game 2, they were much sloppier with the ball, committing 20 turnovers. The Warriors cannot be that careless with the basketball away from home. Cleveland is a much better home team, and turnovers could cost them tremendously in Game 3.

Klay Thompson finally found his stroke again after struggling tremendously previously in the playoffs, but his biggest contribution was on the defensive end. He made things difficult for Irving all night, and it resulted in an inefficient performance from the star point guard. Thompson’s defensive intensity will be key for Golden State going forward.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were special again in Game 2, and Cleveland had no answer for them. The only thing that can stop them at this point is apathy and arrogance. The two superstars need to keep playing with the same hunger that has propelled them to where they are currently.

Takeaways for Cleveland

LeBron was special again last night, and got his name into record books.

The role players did a better job in Game 2, but it was still not up to par. J.R. Smith and Deron Williams were scoreless in 27 minutes of game time combined, and Tristan Thompson only grabbed four rebounds in 21 minutes. That is not just good enough. The role players must play better if Cleveland wants to win in Game 3.

The Cavaliers gave up 132 points to the Warriors. They will never win against them in a shoot-out. Tyronn Lue must find ways to make it difficult for the Warriors offensively. If not, the series will be over very quickly.

Kyrie Irving struggled tremendously in Game 2. He couldn’t find his shot offensively, and was late on rotations many times defensively. Irving must find a way to make an impact on the game even if his shot isn’t falling. He did a solid job on Curry last year, and he must be willing to accept the challenge again this year.

Player of the Game: Stephen Curry (32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists)

Honorable Mention: Kevin Durant (33 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks)

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