Warriors fans cheer for J.R. Smith ahead of Game 2

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Thanks to their defense, the Warriors were able to play at their fast pace and, with Curry being aggressive and taking 26 shots, the offense flowed properly. How can the Cavs bounce back and take Game 2?

Kevin Durant wants the Warriors to remove the luck factor going forward. All they have to do is take them.

Listed as questionable for the game after hurting his left ankle in the series opener, Thompson played 34 minutes, helping the Warriors get off to a strong start and hold on for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven battle. Sign up for Mark Medina's private text messaging service.

In 38 minutes, Curry finished with 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting while hitting nine of 17 3-pointers. The days between games couldn't come at a better time for Mr. 82 Games (for the first time in the regular season in his career).

LeBron James kept Cleveland close despite Golden State's torrid shooting with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds. He shot efficiently from the field after shooting 8-of-22 and 1-of-7 from the perimeter in the Warriors' Game 1 win over Cleveland.

Of course, this came after James had 51 points in the gut-punch Game 1 loss when George Hill missed a potential game-winning free throw and Smith forgot what the score was.

It is also about Thompson's toughness.

Cleveland had more steals and more rebounds than their opponents, with fewer turnovers, but had a tough time scoring - they shot only 42% to the Warriors' 57%.

The all-time leader in 3-pointers made in the playoffs is Ray Allen with 385.

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1 - Need another reminder that Thompson is the Warriors' unsung hero during this current dynasty in the making? After the game Smith described his performance in one word: "terrible".

"It's something that you use a lot", Thompson said.

"It doesn't make or break my career or whatever you want to say looking back", he said.

Curry then intervened, "you should have asked me!"

There isn't much that Stephen Curry hasn't accomplished throughout his National Basketball Association career.

James has done so all postseason with an edge, intensity and ability to all-out carry the Cavs - will them to win after win, if you wish. Thompson joked, "it's a good movie".

In the fourth quarter Curry hit from from all over the place - one on a desperation heave against the shot clock, one while falling down and others that he more conventionally nothing-but-netted. "It was like dagger after dagger". They're good. They're great, actually. On the next possession it's Kevin Durant, a 7-footer with the wingspan of a 747 and a renewed defensive focus. The Warriors also definitely noticed Thompson's toughness.

After all, Green said he initially "thought there was no chance he was playing". "But he was doing better this morning when he checked in with the training staff, so I'm hopeful that he will play". "It's good to be lucky sometimes", Green said.

It's the fourth straight NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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