Warriors destroy Cavaliers to open 2-0 Finals lead

Mon Jun 6, 2016 12:37am EDT
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By Rory Carroll

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors moved into a commanding position in the NBA Finals with a 110-77 romp over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, the defending champions easing to victory in front of a delighted home crowd.

Draymond Green was the latest Warrior to shine as the team's All-Star backcourt was afforded another quiet game, the power forward scoring a game-high 28 points as Golden State opened a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

MVP Stephen Curry recorded 18 points and nine rebounds but played just 25 minutes and spent much of the night cheering from the bench while his team ran rampant against a lethargic and outclassed opposition.

"What we've done the last few years, everybody, every night has an impact," Curry told reporters. "You don't know where it's going to come from any given night. That's why we're in this position."

Cleveland's misery was compounded in the third quarter when forward Kevin Love was forced to leave the game feeling dizzy after taking a blow to the head in the second quarter. Love has been placed in concussion protocol, the Cavs said.

Cavaliers talisman LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds but did not play in the fourth quarter once the Warriors had opened a big lead by the end of the third.

"They beat us pretty good tonight," James said. "We understand the moment we're in. It's not every year you get an opportunity to be in this situation. We have to bear down."

The Cavs return home to Cleveland for Game Three on Wednesday when they will try to make their first telling impact in what has been a disappointing mismatch to date.   Continued...

Jun 5, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports