Game 1 of this series will be remembered by how Cleveland let it get away; the botched rebound by Smith to be forever played as one of those quintessential wish-you-had-it-back moments. He finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists - his 10th triple-double in the Finals which is now an NBA Finals record.
Klay Thompson was coming off a Game 2 in which he scored 20 points.
And, just as it did in Game 3 a year ago, it moved Durant and the Warriors to the precipice of a championship.
The typically efficient Durant connected on 10 of 14 shots after going just 8 for 22 - 1 of 7 on threes - in the opener but still scoring 26 points.
The Cavs will need much more from Smith when the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday night if they are going to match their comeback from an 0-2 deficit that they accomplished in beating the Warriors for the title two years ago and in the Eastern Conference finals last month against Boston.
The statement said the players refused to go because of Trump's insistence they stand for the national anthem, but several Eagles players have said that was not the case. "Pretty sure the way we handled things past year, kind of stay consistent with that". They come off a pick-and-roll and he just stopped behind and pulled four or five feet behind the 3-point line. Chris Webber was the odd man odd, going with the Warriors, "even though I want the Cavaliers to win".
"He was tremendous", Warriors coach Steve Kerr was quoted as saying by ESPN.
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By Saturday (New Zealand time ), the Warriors could be the first repeat champs since the Miami Heat did the deal in 2012 and 2013. The 43 points Durant scored on 15-of-23 shooting - to go along with 13 rebounds and 7 assists - did not come on easy shots.
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No one knows what LeBron's future holds, and how this Finals pans out will likely play a huge role in his decision. And facing great, really great teams.
And the Cavs will be on home turf for the next two games.
Game 2 of the NBA Finals did not offer has many obvious breakdowns as the first game.
Opening the game with a 16-4 run, Cleveland led wire-to-wire in the first half behind a similar formula that put the Cavaliers on the doorstep of winning Game 1 in Oakland last week: getting physical with Golden State. "It's tough because that is what you pray for, [Curry and Thompson] missing like that", Cavs guard JR Smith said. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
How do the Cavaliers reckon with the fact that they are down 3-0 against a team that can martial so many ways of beating you, a team that is clearly superior to theirs? The previous 13 teams to do it went on to win the series.
As a result of four straight Finals matchups, both teams have little left to hide from one another. The Warriors are at their best when Curry is bending a defense to his will and he needs the ball to do that. "It won't be Golden State or Cleveland going". "You know that you can never relax".