It was a record-breaking night for Stephen Curry in game two of the best of seven series as the Golden State Warriors point guard scored a stunning nine three-pointers in their 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, helping his side take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Curry, 30, beat the previous record of eight three-pointers scored in the NBA finals with his score of 33 points seeing him surpass that, raising the bar once again.
With the Warriors now only being two games away from winning their third title over last four years, their success is the centre of attention for Curry, rather than him breaking his own point scoring record. Curry said after the game: “That’s a pretty cool deal to accomplish. But at the end of the day, it’s all about trying to get a win and doing whatever you can to make that happen.”
Game three of the series takes place in Cleveland on Wednesday and the Warriors will be looking to build on their 2-0 lead, to put themselves within touching distance of the title once again. The Warriors will certainly be looking for more magic from Curry, who according to coach Steve Kerr “seemed to hit the big shot every time we needed one.” Kevin Durrant also impressed last time out by hitting 26 points and his steady stroke could be key in game three.
LeBron James of the Cavaliers will feel hard done by to be without a win so far in the best of seven series, especially after scoring 51 points in game one as the Cavs lost in overtime. However, he was restricted to scoring just 29 points in game two, which is disappointing by his own standards. It was Durrant who was assigned with the task of keeping James as ineffective as possible, and it certainly seemed to work.
The night was all about Stephen Curry though in many respects and it was Curry who hit the shot of the night with just under eight minutes left to play. He made an off-balance swish from a few feet behind the three-point arc over Kevin Love to the delight of Warriors fans. He followed that up with another baseline three over Love once again with less than six minutes left on the clock.
Heading to Cleveland for game three will see the Warriors trying to recreate the events of last year. The Cavs know that they need to get back involved in the series and will be doing their best to put a dent in the 2-0 lead of their rivals. With home support backing them, it gives them the perfect advantage to really take the game to the Warriors as they look to overcome the 2-0 deficit which will be only the fourth time it has been achieved in franchise playoff history.
The result could come down to the performances of individuals on the night with Steph Curry and Kevin Durrant the main men for the Warriors. The Cavs will be looking to LeBron James for inspiration once again, while also hoping Kevin Love manages to follow on from his good display last time out.