LeBron's brilliance not enough in Game 2 loss to Warriors

Game 2 ended up being a happy homecoming for Kerr, as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 132-113 victory with the help of a 33-point performance from Kevin Durant and a Steph Curry triple-double.

LeBron James produced a triple-double for the Cavs with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

Kevin Love scored 27 points for the Cavaliers while Kyrie Irving added 19 in a losing cause.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.

But it ended how many expected: the Warriors were just too fast, too accurate, too smothering defensively and, in the end, up 2-0 on the Cavaliers, now only two wins shy of their second championship ring in three years.

"He's been around, the last couple weeks especially, giving us input and giving us what he's got", Curry said of Kerr. James had little help as Love got there late.

Durant's 2016 OKC Thunder had the 2016 Warriors on the ropes in this past year's Western Conference Finals, eventually blowing a a 3-1 lead.

"The second half we settled in and just tried to play better and played tougher on defense", Durant said.

Even that might not be enough, not the way the Warriors are operating. Curry had 15 points in the quarter, going 10-for-10 at the free throw line. Wednesday sees the next action in the best-of-seven contest.

Going back to last season, nine of the last 11 games between Golden State and Cleveland have been decided by double digits.

Part of the reason was the Warriors this time struggling to protect the ball, throwing it away 13 times in that first half alone. And in the postseason, Love exploded, averaging 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds in a destruction of the Celtics while shooting 53 percent on three-pointers.

"It was a great moment for him and for the crowd, everybody showing their appreciation for all he's been through", Warriors guard Stephen Curry told reporters after the game. While James is an excellent defender in his own right, he was no match for Curry in an extended isolation situation on this third quarter possession. They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games.

James tied Magic Johnson for most NBA Finals triple-doubles with eight, and this marked the first time in NBA history more than one player had a triple-double in the same Finals game.

"He's a reason why we're able to be who we are", Warriors teammate Shaun Livingston said.

LeBron James, meanwhile, is trying to win a road game for the 30th consecutive series, spanning his time with Cleveland, Miami and Cleveland again.

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