Stephen Curry Sets NBA Finals Record With Nine Threes
on Jun 05, 2018 12:03 PM EDT
It was not one of Stephen Curry's outstanding shooting nights, but the Golden State Warriors point guard still managed to enter into the NBA record books in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Curry went 11 of 26 from the floor in GSW's 122-103 win over the Cavaliers but made 9 of 17 attempts from beyond the arc. Curry's performance set an NBA Finals record made for three-pointers in a single game. Matched up most of the time against a much-taller Kevin Love, Curry highlighted his run to the record books with a four-point play that gave the Warriors a 16-point edge midway through the fourth period.
Curry eclipsed the record held by former Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen, who knocked down eight attempts from a three-point range in Game 2 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
"It's all about trying to get a win and doing whatever you can to make that happen," says Curry, who made five three-point shots in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors pull away for good en route to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
While he's happy with his latest accomplishment, Curry insisted that it's better to get two more wins when the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 will be played on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Warriors Grab 2-0 Edge
In 38 minutes of play, Curry finished with 33 points on top of seven rebounds and eight assists, while Kevin Durant finished with 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Despite being bothered by a left ankle injury, Klay Thompson scored 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting, while power forward Draymond Green added five points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in an all-around performance.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr's decision to start JaVale McGee over Kevon Looney also paid dividends, as the veteran big man made all his six attempts to finish with 12 points. Shaun Livingston scored 10 points off the bench for the Warriors and shot a scorching 15 of 36 (41.7 percent) from beyond the arc. "We're happy with the way we played but we know this is just getting started," Kerr says.
Another Dominating Performance For James
LeBron James had another dominating performance for the Cavaliers, missing out on a triple-double by just a rebound. James made 10 of 20 attempts from the field, finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds, and 13 assists. Love backed him up with a double-double performance of 22 points and 10 boards. Playmaker George Hill contributed 15 points, while center Tristan Thompson added 11 points and five boards for the Cavs.
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