NBA Finals Game 2: Warriors 93 – Cavs 95 Series tied 1-1

Oakland (KRON) The Cavs held off the Warriors 95-93 in overtime. The series which now heads to Cleveland on Tuesday is tied 1-1.

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8:20 p.m. PDT

LeBron James had 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers tied the NBA Finals at one game apiece with a 95-93 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Matthew Dellavedova, starting after Kyrie Irving broke his left kneecap in Game 1, made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left in overtime for a 94-93 lead, then played tough defense and forced Stephen Curry to shoot an airball.

James followed with a free throw and the Warriors turned it over on their final possession.

It’s Cleveland’s first NBA Finals victory after the Cavs were swept in their previous appearance in 2007.

Klay Thompson scored 34 points but Curry was just 5 of 23 from the field for the Warriors, who won Game 1 in OT.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Cleveland

8:01 p.m. PDT

Never.

That was the last time LeBron James took 69 shots in a two-game span.

James’ 31st shot Sunday night bounced off the rim as time expired, the Cavs and Warriors are in overtime for the second straight game — a first for the NBA Finals.

You have to wonder, though, how much legs James has left.

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7:55 p.m. PDT

The NBA Finals have gone to overtime for the second game in a row.

With a fantastic flurry, the Golden State Warriors tied the Cleveland Cavaliers at 87-all on Stephen Curry’s basket with 7.2 seconds left. The league’s MVP had been having a miserable shooting night before a late flourish helped Golden State overcome an 11-point deficit with 3:14 to play.

LeBron James then missed on a drive and the Cavaliers couldn’t knock in the offensive rebound.

Golden State won Game 1 108-100 in overtime.

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7:20 p.m. PDT

LeBron James needed to be special in this game, and he is. He’s doing a little of everything and is is on the verge of another postseason triple-double.

With about 7 minutes to play in Game 2, he was up to 30 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. He has one triple-double in these playoffs and 12 in his career.

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7:13 p.m. PDT

The Warriors have 59 points after three quarters, which isn’t very Warriors-like at all. In fact, it’s a season-low — at the worst time, too.

“We’re trying. We’re trying to get the pace going a little bit,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ABC’s Doris Burke in the televised interview entering the fourth quarter. “Haven’t had much flow tonight at all.”

Even on a night where the offense wasn’t working in the first 36 minutes, the defense was keeping Golden State close. Cleveland’s lead is just 62-59 going into the final quarter.

“Defense has been pretty good. We’re fighting. We’re scrapping,” Kerr said.

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7:09 p.m. PDT

A defensive struggle in Game 2 is going to the fourth quarter with Cleveland leading 62-59.

Golden State’s poor shooting night was summed up best on its last attempt of the third quarter, when Marreese Speights botched a wide-open attempt on a fast break.

The teams were a combined 9 for 37 from the field in the period, with the Cavaliers outscoring the Warriors 15-14.460x (27)

LeBron James has 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Klay Thompson has 25 points for the Warriors.

Golden State had its lowest-scoring quarter of the postseason.

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7:03 p.m. PDT

A fan won a BMW with a halfcourt shot in the third quarter, and that was some of the only good shooting that was seen.

Cleveland continued to lead late in the period as both teams struggled, particularly the Warriors.

Golden State was 5 of 23 from 3-point range, with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combining for a 4-for-17 start behind the arc. Golden State had its lowest-scoring quarter of the postseason.

The Cavaliers finally went to a third player off the bench with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the quarter, bringing in Mike Miller.

The shooting was so bad that Marreese Speights missed a wide-open dunk at the end of the quarter and the Cavs lead 62-59 heading into the final stanza.

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6:40 p.m. PDT

LeBron James got the first basket, and the second half has started.

The Cavaliers’ lead actually grew by a point during the break. A basket by Klay Thompson was changed from a 3-pointer to a 2 after a video review, taking what was a 47-46 lead on the scoreboard to 47-45.

Stephen Curry missed his first 3-pointer of the second half, falling to 1 for 8 behind the arc on what’s been a rough night for the MVP.

The Cavaliers were led 51-49 with 6:52 to play in the third quarter. Timofey Mozgov has a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds

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6:27 p.m. PDT

With no Kyrie Irving, LeBron James knows he has do more for the Cavaliers to win.

And he is.

For just the second time in his NBA career, the four-time MVP finished a first half with at least 20 points, six assists and six rebounds. He also did it against Philadelphia on Nov. 21, 2009.

“LeBron James is controlling the game,” Dwyane Wade said at halftime, adding he expects more of the same from his former teammate in the second half. The Heat guard is a part-time analyst for ABC during the finals.460x (26)

The only other player with a 20-6-6 first half this season was Russell Westbrook, who did it for Oklahoma City against the Knicks on Nov. 28.

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6:20 p.m. PDT

LeBron James said he thought he could handle 40, maybe 42 minutes in the NBA Finals.

He’s on pace to go nearly 48.

James played more than 23 minutes in the first half, scoring 20 points in helping Cleveland take a 47-45 lead over Golden State in Game 2.

It’s James’ season-high for first-half minutes in a game. His previous high this season was 22 minutes, 22 seconds against Boston during their postseason series on April 26.

Asked before the game about James’ comments, Cavs coach David Blatt said: “Well, he knows and we know he’s got to be on the floor a good bit. If it’s 40 or 41 or 42 minutes, so be it. But we try to rest him when we can. Obviously, the options for doing so are a little bit less.”460x (25)

Klay Thompson had 20 points for the Warriors, but Stephen Curry had just eight on 2-of-10 shooting. He was 1 for 7 from 3-point range.

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6:05 p.m. PDT

The Cavaliers are making the Warriors pay for playing small-ball.

On their first possession after Golden State removed center Andrew Bogut and left forwards Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green as their biggest players, LeBron James threw the ball inside to 7-foot-1 center Timofey Mozgov, who was fouled.

The Cavs went right back to Mozgov shortly after, and his pretty move inside extended their lead to seven points.

James is doing most everything else himself, with 19 points in the first 20 minutes.460x (22)

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5:55 p.m. PDT

Klay Thompson is back on the floor and back in a groove in the second quarter.

After having to go to the bench because of fouls following his quick start, he returned to open the second and made his first three shots, including a 3-pointer. That gave him 16 points in just about 10 minutes of playing time.

He had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first 5 minutes before his second foul forced him to the sidelines.

He then started 3 for 3 in the second before testing just how hot he was with a long 3-point attempt early in the shot clock. He tapped his chest afterward as if to say “My bad,” knowing it wasn’t a good shot.

But for the most part, though, everything he is doing is just fine for the Warriors.

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5:45 p.m. PDT

LeBron James took 10 shots and scored half of Cleveland’s 20 points, which shouldn’t be surprising given the decimated state of the Cavaliers’ roster.

“We know we need a big game from him,” Cavs coach David Blatt told ABC’s Doris Burke in a televised interview after the first quarter. “And he’s up to the task.”

Burke also asked about the contributions of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert — two needed offensive weapons for Cleveland — and Blatt said they were doing better than they were in Game 1.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

“They’re trying to make plays,” Blatt said. “I thought once we started running offense, we were in much better shape.”

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5:43 p.m. PDT

Stephen Curry’s struggles have helped the Cleveland Cavaliers rally to tie Game 2 of the NBA Finals at 20-all after one quarter.

The Warriors were rolling and led 20-12 after Curry’s behind-the-back pass led to Leandro Barbosa’s 3-pointer from the corner.

But Golden State didn’t score again and the NBA MVP’s jumper was uncharacteristically off. He missed five of his six shots, including all three 3-point attempts, and had just four points.

LeBron James had 10 for the Cavaliers, including two baskets in their closing 8-0 run. He took 10 shots in the first quarter. It’s the fourth time this season — and the first in the playoffs — that he took so many shots in an opening period.

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5:40 p.m. PDT

Leandro Barbosa picked up right where Klay Thompson left off.

Entering the game early because of Thompson’s foul trouble, Barbosa made his first two shots, including a 3-pointer from the corner after a behind-the-back pass from Stephen Curry.

The Warriors’ early lead to eight points and was greeted with a huge roar, which extended into the timeout when former Warriors star Baron Davis, who is in the crowd, was shown on the overhead screen.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

But that didn’t bother LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who responded with a run of their own to tie the game at the end of the quarter at 20.

 

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5:25 p.m. PDT

A quick start, and then a quick exit for Klay Thompson.460x (24)

The Warriors All-Star guard scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first 5 minutes, but then had to go to bench after picking up a second foul.

Thompson had a bit of a slow start in Game 1, but came on later in the game and the Warriors thought he might be poised for a big night in Game 2.

“We’re always looking for that moment where Klay kind of just gets in that crazy zone where he can just get hot really fast,” teammate Andre Iguodala said Saturday. “I think in the playoffs we haven’t had it yet, but I feel like it’s slowly, but surely getting there.”

Thompson might be on his way, once he gets back in the game.

His second foul was against Iman Shumpert, who came out aggressively with a couple of drives to the basket. Perhaps he can help replace the offense missing with Kyrie Irving’s absence.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, passes the ball as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green defends during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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5:10 p.m. PDT

Forget the Warriors and Cavaliers. The best teamwork at Game 2 of the NBA Finals might come from the Santanas.

Ten-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana and his wife, drummer, Cindy Blackman Santana, performed a rocking national anthem together before the game.

Carlos Santana gave his wife a quick kiss, then started playing his guitar while she was banging the drums.

Carlos Santana is a Bay Area native who was wearing a yellow top similar to the color of the T-shirts fans wore all around Oracle Arena.

His wife is from Ohio, but wasn’t wearing Cavs colors.

The game has started — first basket of the game went to Warriors’ Klay Thompson, who started shooting 4-for-5 from the field.

4:55 p.m. PDT

Horse racing’s 37-year championship drought ended Saturday. Can a 40-year one in the NBA be next?460x (11)

Steve Kerr sure hopes so.

He said he took some inspiration from American Pharoah’s victory in the Belmont Stakes, which made him the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

“Well, first of all congrats to my fellow Wildcat Bob Baffert,” he said of the horse’s trainer and fellow University of Arizona product. “Bear down.”

The Warriors haven’t won a title since 1975, when they made their last trip to the NBA Finals. Their 40 years between appearances is the longest drought in NBA history.

Kerr also watched Stan Wawrinka’s French Open victory over Novak Djokovic on Sunday morning.CG7s0fIU8AA6YBI

“I like watching other sporting events and I do draw inspiration from them,” he said.

And maybe from Stephen Curry.

he squared up, let it fly, and the crowd went wild.

That was still 75 minutes until the start of Game 2.

He was taking his pregame ritual of launching 3-pointers from the tunnel in the corner, and he swished one with fans on both sides surrounding him and cheering loudly.

 

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4:50 p.m. PDT

Matthew Dellavedova is getting the start in place on injured Kyrie Irving as expected for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cavs coach David Blatt went with the same lineup that won Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference finals when Irving was out with an injured knee with Dellavedova starting in the backcourt with Iman Shumpert.

Dellavedova had 28 points in those two wins and the Cavaliers are hoping for a similar impact in this game with Irving sidelined with a fractured kneecap.

Dellavedova struggled in the Game 1 loss, taking no shots in just over 9 minutes of action.

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4:35 p.m. PDT

ABC’s opening to “NBA Countdown” on Sunday night had some powerful sound from LeBron James, who missed a potentially game-winning shot in the final seconds of regulation of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

That was, of course, before Cavs’ guard Kyrie Irving got hurt in overtime — fracturing his left kneecap and ending his season.

“LeBron, if you make that shot, he don’t get hurt,” James is heard saying as the show begins, and a replay of his left-wing jumper sailing long is played.

Moments later, the replay of Irving crashing to the court was shown.

“Seeing him walk out the locker room on crutches, it’s a tough blow for our team,” James said.460x (10)

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4:30 p.m. PDT

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade joined the ABC pregame crew Sunday night, and fellow analyst Jalen Rose wasted no time asking the big question — “Are you leaving Miami?”

Wade, who can opt out July 1 and become a free agent, sidestepped the question. Neither he nor the Heat have commented publicly about the status of talks about his future, but a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations say the three-time NBA champion and the only team he’s played for as a pro are nowhere near agreeing on their future together.

“We’ll worry about that in July,” Wade said. “Right now, we’re going to focus on these finals. This is our biggest showcase.”

Wade has been to the NBA Finals five times as a player, but says he’s always makes a point to go even when the Heat aren’t involved.

4:20 p.m. PDT

All was quiet in the Warriors locker room before Game 2.

Most players were in the trainer’s room getting tapped up or on the floor warming up. A replay of the series opener was showing on the big TV at the center of the room for those who passed through.

Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry wrote out some points of emphasis, as he always does, on the whiteboards on each side of the TV. But he covered them up with blue pull-downs, which are lifted when reporters have to leave 45 minutes before tipoff.

“You guys don’t get to see this,” Gentry said, chuckling.460x (9)
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4 p.m. ET PDT

Fans got started early outside Oracle Arena for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

There were dozens of tailgaters grilling in the parking lot more than two hours before the game, the scene resembling a smaller version of the one that occurs before Oakland Raiders games on fall Sundays.

The giant video boards at the neighboring Coliseum, home of the Raiders and Athletics, were lit up with a golden-yellow background with big blue letters that read: “We are Warriors.”

OAKLAND (KRON) — The Golden State Warriors will play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the 2015 NBA Finals at 5 p.m today.

However, Cleveland will be missing one player; Kyrie Irving, the team’s All-Star point guard, will be not be playing since he fractured his knee cap and had surgery yesterday.

Irving left the court during Game 1, and was seen limping.

The Dubs won the first game of the series which was held last Thursday, after the game went overtime.

Stephen Curry

At the end of the first quarter, Dubs were down by 10.

It appeared that the Cavs were close to winning the game. However, Warriors ended up beating the Cavs with a final score of 108-100, currently leading the series 1-0.

Game 3 will be on Tuesday and Game 4 will be on Thursday, both in Cleveland.

 

 

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