LeBron Watch 2017 - Issue 7
If you were just to read the Cavaliers side of the box score, you might have thought they won on Sunday night. After all, a LeBron James 29 point triple-double, 27 points from Kevin Love, 19 point and 7 assists from Irving, 15 team steals and only 9 turnovers, usually spell success for Cleveland.
Unfortunately, the Warriors were just so explosive on offense that none of it mattered. Golden State scored 132 points on 52% shooting, with both Kevin Durant and Steph Curry scoring 30+.
The Warriors bench provided them with plenty of fire power, combining for 31 points on 46% shooting. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers their bench production was poor in comparison, providing 30 points on 33% shooting.
LeBron had a typically great game (29 PTS, 14 AST, 11 REB, 67% FG) but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the Warriors. Golden State responded to every big play and every scoring run Cleveland could muster by hitting an even bigger shot or by going on an even bigger run.
By the end of Game 2, LeBron climbed even higher in the NBA Finals leader boards by:
Passing Jerry West to become 2nd in all-time assists in the NBA Finals
Passing Bob Pettit to become 7th in all-time rebounds in the NBA Finals
Passing Bill Russell to become 6th in all-time field goals in the NBA Finals
The series swings to Cleveland on Wednesday night with the Cavaliers in desperate need of a victory. If they lose Game 3, it could mark the beginning of the end for Cleveland.
LeBron Fact: Far from being known as a three-point shooter, LeBron James is the all-time leader in 3-point field goal makes in the NBA Finals. With that being said, he will likely be passed by Stephen Curry by the end of the 2017 NBA Finals.
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