Cavaliers hope scenery change reverses NBA Finals fortunes

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Steph Curry set a new NBA Finals record by hitting nine three-pointers to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a 2-0 series advantage.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 3, 2018 in Oakland, California.

LeBron James, who scored 51 points in Thursday's loss, faced a more dogged defence on Sunday but still managed 29 points on 10-20 shooting while playing almost the entire game. JaVale McGee was the spark for the Warriors early in the game as he rolled to the basket with regularity to finish with 12 points on six of six shooting, but the real boost came from Klay Thompson who scored 20 points on eight of 13 shooting despite dealing with a high ankle sprain he suffered in Game 1.

Warriors: Curry broke Ray Allen's mark of eight for most 3s in a finals game. "I got to the bench, first thing that came to my mind I was like, "OK, I was calling a timeout.' But hopefully, I'm glad maybe if we didn't have any, I'm glad they didn't give it to me".

"I'm optimistic Andre will play at some point in the series", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday. "You know, nine threes and seemed to hit the big shot every time we needed one". It had a limited effect, considering Curry was 4-for-4 from three-point range in the fourth quarter. "We saw Houston do a good job doing that [in the Western Conference Finals] so we piggybacked that".

0-for-3 - Throughout much of the postseason, Kyle Korver has been the third-best player for the Cavs' offense, behind only James and Love.

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"I'm over referee s--", Tristan Thompson said. "I don't know if I had enough time because I was kind of a little bit still in shock of what was going on at that point in time", James said. But if Golden State is going to get Stephen Curry in full?

Yet despite their success against the Celtics and the fact the Cavs held their ground for the most part to open up this series, the last thing James wants his team to do is ease up. Making Curry work on defense is key, and the veteran point guard tried to do just that throughout his 34 minutes on the court Sunday night. "We're in the NBA Finals competing for a championship". They terrified the Warriors for much of the first game behind LeBron James's 51 points, turning their misses into second shots with 19 offensive rebounds, compared to the Warriors' four.

The series heads to Cleveland with Game 3 scheduled for Wednesday.

But Curry got a few easy ones and the game snowballed out of control. What we are witnessing is that even the best of the best need help.

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