After Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder took the early lead in their series against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors by winning Game 1 on Monday night in Oakland, it started to look as if the best regular season NBA team since the Michael Jordan era might not even make it to the NBA Finals. If the Oklahoma City Thunder could beat Golden State at home again on Wednesday night, the 2-0 series lead might have been too much for the Warriors to overcome.
However, Golden State returned to true form during Game 2 in the Western Conference Finals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, evening the series after a dominating 118-91 win. After LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers got off to a huge start in their own series with a 31-point victory over the Toronto Raptors, it was as if the 2016 NBA MVP was sending King James a message that he was still leading the most dominant team in the NBA.While the Cavs hope to leave Cleveland with a 2-0 series lead, Curry and the Warriors travel to Oklahoma City for Game 3 to try to take the lead in the series for the first time.
Warriors-Thunder Game 1 statsThe Stephen Curry show really got under way in the third quarter on Wednesday, where Stephen had 17 points, shot 3-for-4 from downtown and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Curry finished with a team-high 28 points, 15 of which came from a game-high five three-pointers. Draymond Green led the Warriors with eight rebounds and seven assists. Off the bench, Andre Igoudala had a team-high three steals and added 14 points. Kevin Durant's impressive 16 points in the second quarter weren't nearly enough to keep the Thunder on-track for the rest of the game. Durant finished with a game-high 29 points -- and a game-high eight turnovers. Steven Adams led the team with 10 rebounds but missed a double-double by only scoring 9 points. Russell Westbrook had the only double-double of the game with 12 assists and 16 points on the night.
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Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs vs. RaptorsKyrie Irving had an outstanding game against the Toronto Raptors to open the series, registering 27 points, two blocked shots and five assists on Tuesday night. The Cavs set a new franchise record for largest margin of victory in the NBA Playoffs (31 points) with a final score of 115-84. Kyle Lowry and the Raptors will have to make some major adjustments to prevent a situation in which they head home trailing the series 0-2.
NBA Playoffs: Where To WatchGame 2 of the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will be Thursday, May 19, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Tickets for the game are sold out, although second market options are available to see Cavaliers vs. Raptors live at The Q for Game 2. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PST and will air on ESPN. Games 3 and 4 will be played Saturday, May 21 and Monday, May 23 in Toronto. Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals featuring Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder will be Sunday, May 22, at the Chesapeake Energy Areana in Oklahoma. Tickets for the game are sold out, although second market options are available to see Warriors vs. Thunder live in OKC for Game 3 and Game 4. Sunday's game is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PST and will air on TNT.
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