The Golden State Warriors destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 110-77 romp that gave them firm control of the NBA Finals series on Sunday.
Draymond Green was the latest Warriors player to shine as the team’s All Star backcourt was afforded another quiet game, scoring a team-high 28 points as the defending champions took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Cleveland’s misery was compounded in the third quarter when forward Kevin Love had to leave the game feeling dizzy after taking a blow in the second quarter.
LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds but it was far from enough for the Cavs, who return home for Game Three on Wednesday.
Now, the series shifts to Cleveland, and LeBron James and the Cavs must show up for Game 3 on Wednesday in front of their title-starved fans down 2-0 to the defending champs and with forward Kevin Love dealing with a head injury.
The NBA said Love experienced dizziness early in the second half and left for the locker room to be re-examined, then was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol. The league said he didn’t exhibit any symptoms before then, even after taking an elbow to the back of the head from Harrison Barnes in the second quarter and going down for several minutes before returning following a timeout. He made a baseline 3-pointer for the Cavs’ first basket in nearly 5 1/2 minutes.
After a scoreless first quarter when he missed all five shots but had five assists, James scored 14 of his 19 points in the second and also finished with nine assists and eight rebounds. James’ teams had won nine straight post-season Game 2s after losing the series opener dating back to a loss in the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals to Boston.