Golden State Warriors went one step closer to clinching the 2017 NBA crown after they beat defending champs Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 in the second game of the finals played on Sunday at Oakland, California.
Kevin Durant spearheaded the Warriors win by leading the scoring charts with a game-high 33 points while Stephen Curry produced his first NBA Finals triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to power the Warriors, who set an playoff win streak record of 14 games.
"We're young. We're hungry. We're playing great basketball," Curry said. "We've got a great opportunity in front of us and we've got to seize it."The Warriors, who welcomed back coach Steve Kerr after he missed 11 games with health issues following 2015 back surgery, grabbed a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to Cleveland for games three and four on Wednesday and Friday.
"To see him back on the bench was huge," Curry said. "For him the whole priority was his health and I think he's in a good place right now."
Golden State had won a record 73 regular-season games last year and led 2-0 only for Cleveland to make the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and swipe the title. So the perfect playoff mark wasn't overly lauded.