Draymond Green.

The Warriors rout the Cavaliers to take commanding 2-0 NBA Finals lead

Published 1 Comments

The Golden State Warriors have taken a commanding 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals after a 110-77 game two rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The victory sees the defending champions virtually put one hand on the trophy as they put themselves in a strong position to repeat.

After Shaun Livingston's huge performance in game one, it was Draymond Green who stole the show in this encounter with an impressive offensive display.

The All-Star forward recorded a game-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting and 5-of-8 from downtown to punish the Cavs' strategy of leaving him open on the perimeter.

It was apparent from the first game that the Cavaliers were willing to offer open three-point shots to Green and others as they focus their defensive efforts on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Green added seven rebounds, and five assists to lead the Warriors to within two wins of securing back-to-back championships.

The 26-year-old carried the load offensively as MVP Curry played just 25 minutes due to spending much of the game on the bench in foul trouble.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Two

The point guard was once again not required to put up big numbers as the Dubs continued to show their "Strength in Numbers" but he did contribute 18 points on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Thompson posted 17 points and five assists and was a willing passer to Green on the three-point line who had the hot hand the entire night.

Coach Steve Kerr was once again given a huge boost from his bench as they poured in 40 points. Leandro Barbosa was the leading scorer for the second unit with 10 points.

After a disappointing loss in game one, Cleveland was expected to come out with a sense of urgency and give a better account of themselves.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Two

They certainly did that in the first quarter, but after a 20-2 run by Golden State in the second quarter, they were no longer in the contest.

After the Cavs led 21-19 after the first, the Warriors outscored them 91-56 the rest of the way and never relinquished the lead.

It was a frustrating night for LeBron James whose nine-game winning streak in game two's came to an emphatic end.

The King had a team-high 19 points to go along with nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals but he also had eight turnovers as Andre Iguodala again frustrated him with some stellar defence.

Kyrie Irving's shooting struggles continued as he put up just 10 points on 5-of-14 from the field. Kevin Love played just 21 minutes and left the game early in the third quarter after he was inadvertently struck in the head by Harrison Barnes as he went up for a rebound in the first half.

Richard Jefferson was the only bright spark for the Wine and Gold as he posted 12 points and five rebounds off the bench as he made the most of his extended minutes and was aggressive throughout the game.

The Ohio-based franchise has a huge mountain to climb as the series now switches to The Land. The Cavs must protect home court to keep their slim hopes of winning a championship alive.

With the holders in relentless form, however, that doesn't seem very likely at this stage.

Eastern Conference
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again