Durant, Curry spark Warriors win, record win streak at 14

Durant, Curry spark Warriors win, record win streak at 14

"I have the same confidence level I've had since I started playing this game", Smith said.

We're two games into the Finals, and Washington's John Wall and Bradley Beal - players who were eliminated in the second round - have logged more minutes than any Warrior. If they can win two more games, they are to me - and I will shout it from the highest mountaintops, even in Laker land if I have to - this would be the greatest team in history.

Curry's pairing with Durant is already being compared to Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan with Scottie Pippen as among the greatest duos in NBA Finals history.

"Playing an unbelievably good, competitive team, dominant team".

But not against the Warriors.

A year after making history but falling one game short of an National Basketball Association title, the Golden State Warriors are focused on capturing the crown, not a possible unbeaten playoff run. We're going to go home and watch the film to see ways we can be better. It's stronger than that which pushed them to the championship in 2015, even stronger than that which pushed them to win 73 games last season, shattering the single-season National Basketball Association record. That game, by the way, was an anomaly.

Thompson countered that the Warriors are so focused on him that it's opening things up for Kevin Love.

Circumstances are a bit different thanks to the presence of Durant but the Warriors are fully aware of what can happen. So you can forget that game. The third straight time the Cavs and Warriors met, the first time in National Basketball Association history the same two teams went at it three straight years. Even better, they could both get hot together. Harrison Barnes, the player Durant replaced in the Warriors' lineup, scored 65 for the whole series. Our GM (David Griffin) will do a great job of figuring out if we need something else. That would give the Cavs some much-needed help defensively. His stats production is welcome - Curry had his first career playoff triple-double Sunday - but the mere act of being mega-mobile again opens up the court because defenders have to keep up with his relentless energy. Zero. Last year he waited until his back was against the wall before he put his foot down.

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“Much more physical today than we were in Game 1. Sharpshooter Kyle Korver is just 1 of 6 on 3s, backup point guard Deron Williams is scoreless in 33 minutes and Richard Jefferson, two weeks shy of his 37th birthday, is the only reserve contributing more than expected.

Following the game, James took questions from reporters in the locker room as opposed to taking the podium, with ESPN's Brian Windhorst reporting that James has recently been frustrated having to wait for his turn to go up. All lines were between -8 and -2.

After a timeout in the first quarter, the Warriors ran a baseline exchange between Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But nobody can guard LeBron if he doesn't allow it.

Durant liked the aggressiveness he saw from Thompson at the offensive end. Hes just 1 of 6 from the field, and for some odd reason, one of the games most confident shooters has been hesitant to let his jumper fly.

For some reason, there is this belief out there that if LeBron is shooting threes, he's settling.

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored his first points of the series on a driving dunk midway through the first quarter.

On the other end, the Warriors are hitting Irving with wave after wave of defenders.