2018 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Cavaliers

The Finals Stat: Game 2 -- Golden State Warriors shoot way to 2-0 series lead

Sizzling shooting by Golden State powers its 122-103 romp of Cleveland

OAKLAND, Calif – The Golden State Warriors went wire to wire in Game 2 of The Finals, getting an easy dunk for JaVale McGee on the first possession of the night and never letting up offensively on their way to a 122-103 victory.

LeBron James had another efficient night, but could not score with the volume he did in Game 1, finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists. And once again, he just didn’t get enough support to keep up with the Golden State attack, which had one of its most efficient games of the season.

One stat stood out from the rest as the Warriors took a 2-0 series lead, with The Finals heading to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday.

Game 2 basics

The stat

66.5 percent — The Warriors’ effective field goal percentage in Game 2.

The context

That is the third highest effective field goal percentage in this postseason, the Warriors’ seventh highest mark of the year (including regular season), and the second highest mark in the four Finals series between these two teams (trailing only the Cavs’ 66.7 percent in Game 4 last year). Before garbage time set in (and the third string shot 2-for-7), the Warriors’ effective field goal percentage was an even 70 percent.

Stephen Curry’s nine 3-pointers in Game 2 are a Finals record for most 3-pointers in a game. They’re also tied for the second most in NBA postseason history (the record is Klay Thompson’s 11 in Game 6 of the 2016 conference finals in Oklahoma City). But the Warriors’ hot shooting night really started inside.

On the first possession of the night, McGee looked like he was going to set a screen for Curry, but instead slipped to the basket for an uncontested dunk. The Warriors proceeded to score 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting on their first eight possessions of Game 2, with six of their seven buckets being layups or dunks. They shot 9-for-9 in the restricted area in a 32-point first quarter and 20-for-25 in the restricted area for the game.

Warriors Game 2 shot chart

Curry hit three 3-pointers in the second to help the Warriors build a 13-point, halftime lead. The Cavs’ offense got going in the third quarter, but though they scored 34 points on 23 possessions (1.48 per), the Golden State lead was still 10 going into the fourth.

And that’s when Curry really got cooking. He scored 16 of his 33 points in the final period, making all five of his threes, with the highlight being a 28-foot, desperation heave at the shot clock buzzer that brought rain before splashing through the net.

The Warriors’ shooting was so good on Sunday, David West made his first 3-pointer since Nov. 4. That was one of only three corner threes for the defending champs, but they were 12-for-24 on above-the-break threes and 7-for-11 from mid-range.

The most efficient Warrior on this night was Kevin Durant, who shot 10-for-14, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range. Durant didn’t let the offense get stagnant (as was the case in the fourth quarter of Game 1) and dished out seven assists.

The Warriors are now 12-0 in this postseason when Durant has recorded at least four assists and 2-5 (9-12 including the regular season) when he hasn’t.

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