Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole

Golden State Warriors went one step closer to clinching the 2017 National Basketball Association crown after they beat defending champs Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 in the second game of the finals played on Sunday at Oakland, California.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors will be looking to take a commanding 3-0 series lead after flexing their muscle in Game 2.

The game marked the return of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was sidelined earlier in April by persistent back pain following several surgeries.

Despite scoring 32 points to go with 11 assists and 10 rebounds, Curry had a so-so 7-for-17 shooting night but made up for it by getting to the foul line, where he hit all 14 of his free throws.

James huffed and puffed for the Cavaliers, but he was unable to prevent consecutive defeats in Oakland in front of Barcelona star Neymar, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

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

Kevin Love had 27 points and Irving 19 on 8-for-23 shooting for Cleveland, which committed just nine turnovers one game after giving the ball away 20 times in the opener.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hoped Game 2 of the NBA Finals wouldn't look at all like Game 1.

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"That's a pretty scary proposition for us and I thought Kevin's defense was unreal and was probably the key to the whole game, along with the perimeter defence of Klay [Thompson] and Andre [Iguodala], trying to do their best with Kyrie [Irving] and LeBron". "We're going to go home, watch the film, see ways we can be better, see if we can be a lot better defensively and offensively".

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"It seemed like it's personal for both of them", Draymond Green said. Kerr, who said before the game that he made the decision to step in for assistant Mike Brown on Sunday morning, was greeted by the Oracle Crowd with a standing ovation, and he responded with a grateful wave. "We play that same game in Cleveland, there's no way we win". "But heading to Cleveland, we're going to have to be a lot smarter". "That's what Golden State does".

The Warriors' pursuit of a 16-0 playoff record will make for a dramatic storyline regardless. "And we're going to need to play better to win on the road".

As the Warriors insisted their focus would not relent, the Cavaliers drew on their experience previous year.

"It's human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world 'It's over, it's over, '" Livingston said. "So we don't defend homecourt, what happens?"

In Game 3 a year ago, the Cavaliers rebounded in front of an emotional home crowd - "we got back to playing our game", LeBron said, after two games of everyone telling him and his team they were bad - and all of a sudden, Steve Kerr was saying his team played soft ("They just punched us right in the mouth") and Curry was already getting exhausted by questions speculating that he was hurt. It would be a mistake to dismiss Cleveland.

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