Oakland, California, USA: Steph Curry broke the NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers accounting for a majority of his game-high 33 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a second straight win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 122-103 in Oakland on Sunday night.
Curry had three of his nine treys in the second quarter, during which the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 27-18 to build a 59-46 halftime lead.
Curry’s nine 3-pointers surpassed the single-game record of eight set by the Boston Celtics’ Ray Allen in 2010.
Curry hit 11 of his 26 shots and nine of his 17 3-point attempts for the Warriors, who improved to 10-1 at home in the playoffs this season.
Curry also found time for a team-high eight assists and seven rebounds.
Kevin Durant had 26 points, seven assists and a team-high nine rebounds as part of a balanced attack for Golden State, which has beaten Cleveland three years in a row in Game 2 of the Finals.
Golden State made 57.3 percent of its shots in the game.
Coming off a personal-best 51 points in a Game 1 loss, LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, but he went more than 12 consecutive minutes in the first half without a field goal, during which Golden State took the lead for good.
The Warriors switched defensive ace Draymond Green onto James to start the second quarter, and the ploy worked. James went from the 2:22 mark of the first quarter to the 2:16 mark of the second without a field goal.
With James turning his attention more to ball distribution than shooting, the Cavaliers hung within five late in the third period before Klay Thompson and David West hit 3-pointers to help re-establish a double-digit lead.
Cleveland stayed in striking distance for the majority of the game, before Curry caught fire in the fourth quarter. His trey tally surpassed Ray Allen’s previous NBA Finals single-game mark of eight 3-pointers, which was set in 2010.
The Cavaliers never seriously threatened in the fourth quarter.
Thompson, who was a game-time decision due to an ankle injury, finished with 20 points. JaVale McGee (12 points) and Shaun Livingston (10) gave the Warriors a surprise boost, hitting all 11 of their shots combined.
James shot 10 of 20 from the floor. He also compiled a game-high 13 assists and missed a triple-double by one rebound, recording nine.
Kevin Love also had a double-double with 22 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost nine of their last 10 meetings with the Warriors. George Hill added 15 points for Cleveland, and Tristan Thompson scored 11.
The Cavaliers made just 41.6 percent of their field-goal attempts.
“It’s hard to think back to all of the games, but [Curry] was tremendous,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He seemed to hit a big shot every time we needed him. He was fantastic.”
“It’s tough. He makes tough shots, that’s what he does,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. “Even switching the pick and roll, having a five man guarding him. He makes a move, you get a good contest. But once he releases it, he sees the basket, he usually makes it. He is going to make tough shots. That’s what he does.”
The defending champions are up 2-0 in the series as they chase their third title in four years, but the scene in the best-of-seven now shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
NBA Finals Schedule
Game 1: Thu, May 31 6:oopm, Oakland (Oracle Arena) Golden State Warriors WIN
Game 2: Sun, June 3 Oakland (Oracle Arena) Golden State Warriors WIN
Game 3: Wed, June 6 – 6:oopm, Cleveland, (Quicken Loans Arena)
Game 4: Fri, 8 6:oopm, Cleveland, (Quicken Loans Arena)
Game 5: Mon, June 11 – 6:oopm, Oakland (Oracle Arena)*
Game 6 Thu,june 14 – 6:oopm, Cleveland, (Quicken Loans Arena)*
Game7 Sun, June 17 – 5:oopm, Oakland (Oracle Arena)*
*if Necessary, All Times Pacific