Uphill battle for James, Cavaliers at 2-0 deficit
GOLDEN State's overwhelming 110-77 victory on Sunday over Cleveland in the NBA Finals put the Warriors halfway to a repeat title and left Cavaliers superstar LeBron James searching for answers.
Draymond Green scored 28 points, NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry added 18 and Klay Thompson netted 17 to spark Golden State to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to Cleveland for game three tomorrow and game four on Friday.
But only three teams in NBA history have overcome a 2-0 deficit to win the finals - the 1969 Boston Celtics, 1977 Portland Trail Blazers and the 2006 Miami Heat.
"It's a fabulous position with everybody playing their best," NBA scoring champion Curry said. "We've got to keep our focus and not forget how we got here."
Combined with their 104-89 romp in the opener, the Warriors have produced the largest two-game combined victory margin to open an NBA Finals, six more points than the old mark of 42 by the 1950 Rochester Royals and 1961 Boston Celtics.
James led Cleveland with 19 points, eight rebounds and nine assists but also made seven turnovers. James was 9-0 in prior play-off game twos after his club lost the opener and he has never lost so many in a row to any rival.
For the first time in his career, James was kept scoreless in the first quarter of an NBA Finals game.
Meanwhile, Curry wants to play for the United States at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but the Golden State Warriors star hasn't made a final decision.
Earlier, Curry told reporters he is looking forward to Rio and his first chance for Olympic gold.
The US Olympic roster of NBA stars is expected to be announced before the end of this month, with players set to report for the US training camp in Las Vegas on July 18-21. The Americans will play a series of pre-Olympic exhibitions before the Rio Games open on August 5.