The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to overcome the loss of Kyrie Irving, defeating the Golden State Warriors in overtime, 95-93, at Oracle Arena on Sunday night to win Game 2 of the NBA Finals. LeBron James led the way with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavs tied up the series, 1-1.
It marks the first time in history that the NBA Finals has begun with two overtime games, as Cleveland nearly blew their opportunity to steal home-court advantage. The Cavs conceded an 11-point lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation, and James missed a layup on the fourth quarter’s final possession. But Matthew Dellavedova’s two free throws with 10 seconds left in overtime gave Cleveland the lead for good.
Stephen Curry missed a jumper, following Dellavedova’s free throws, putting an end to one of his worst games this season. The MVP was shut down by the Cavs’ point guard for much of the contest, as Curry finished with 19 points on five-of-23 shooting. Curry missed 13 of his 15 three-point attempts, and he turned the ball over six times. The 13 misses are an NBA Finals record, and Curry missed all of his eight shot attempts when being guarded by Dellavedova.
James was masterful once again, playing 50 minutes and filling up the stat sheet. It’s the seventh time in James' postseason career that he’s totaled at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a game.
Without a strong game by Curry, Golden State had one of their worst offensive performances of the year. The Warriors were held under 60 points through three quarters for the first time all season, making just eight of their 35 three-point attempts. Klay Thompson picked up the slack with 34 points on 50 percent shooting, but it wasn’t enough.
Game 3 is on Tuesday in Cleveland.