Stephen Curry sets new record as Golden State beat Cleveland


But while the Cleveland Cavaliers struggled to contain the Warriors in a lot of ways on Sunday night - Golden State scored 50 points in the paint on 71 per cent shooting - it was the performance from Curry that underlined the embarrassment of riches that the Warriors have.

In the worst-case scenario where the offensive production from the supporting cast dries up and Draymond Green fails to contribute much in the points column, Curry, Thompson and Durant must have flawless games.

This isn't the first time Perkins has gotten into a verbal spat with someone this postseason.

"It's tough, really tough to guard Steph anywhere out there on the floor", Love said, "but he's just so good at finding himself open".

Coming off a personal-best 51 points in a Game 1 loss, LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, but he went more than 12 consecutive minutes in the first half without a field goal, during which Golden State took the lead for good. After years of battling with the San Antonio Spurs dynasty, led by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and five-time National Basketball Association champion Tim Duncan, James now is facing arguably the best team in league history in the Golden State Warriors.

Iguodala, the 2015 finals MVP, scored eight points and made one steal in 22 minutes, but his impact went beyond those numbers.

Curry had perhaps the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from far behind the three-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then going into a backpedal. Warriors fans are so confident in Curry that they will enthusiastically cheer his attempts. Such lapses probably won't happen on their home court.

James pointed with both hands after his three with 11:04 left cut Golden State's lead to seven points. The Warriors led by 10, but he doesn't need much.

And fans were quick to take to social media to hail Kerr after he took a subtle shot at James. J.R. Smith has missed 14 of his 19 shots, while Kyle Korver made just one three-pointer.

This past week, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors faced off in Game 1 and Game 2 of 2018 NBA Finals. "No matter what's gone on in the series, when you change venues, you've got to reassert your dominance and try to find that right momentum to start".

Still, he said his small dip in production had little to do with whatever the Warriors were doing. "It was like dagger after dagger", Green said. Durant didn't play particularly well in Game 1, and he hasn't been flawless in the playoffs either. This is the last team in the world you want to relax against. It had a limited effect, considering Curry was 4-for-4 from three-point range in the fourth quarter.

Hard for some to fathom, Lue repeatedly defended Smith after one of the worst seasons of his career, pointing to Smith's importance and his ability to make shots that tend to give the team a different complexion.

But we've heard all those things before - until the Warriors show that they're "locked in from the jump on the defensive side", as Green said Sunday, it's empty rhetoric.

He only makes them look routine.