Game Two was supposed to be the kiss of death for the Cleveland Cavaliers after losing point guard Kyrie Irving for the playoffs. Someone forgot to tell Lebron James that this team didn’t have a chance to beat Golden State.
Following a gutsy team effort lead by another Lebron James triple double, the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Golden State Warriors in overtime 95-93 to tie the series at a game a piece.
James finished the game with 39 points 16 rebounds and 11 assists despite shooting 11 of 34 from the field.
On this night it wasn’t only James who struggled to score as MVP Stephen Curry struggled to find the basket throughout the entire game. For the first time in his career failed to score in double digits during the playoffs and finished only 5 of 23 from the field including missing 16 three pointers on 18 attempts.
Curry’s struggles mainly came because of backup guard Matthew Dellevadova who started the game in place of the injured Kyrie Irving. Dellevadova hounded Curry all game long contesting practically every shot. In fact, Curry did not score a single field goal with Dellevadova on the floor.
On the offensive end Dellevadova added nine points, but the two biggest were the go-ahead free throws in overtime and help secure a win in Oakland and a trip back home to gain home court advantage.
Going into the fourth quarter the Cavaliers held a 11-point lead with just under five minutes left to play. Curry despite his poor shooting night continued his aggressive style of play and then with eight seconds left made the layup to force overtime.
In overtime however the Cavaliers continued to instill their will against Golden State and at the end it was Cleveland who remained standing. With James letting out his aggression, it was a signal that this series is far from over. The Cavaliers out willed and outrebounded by Warriors all game long. Now the focus shifts to Game three in Cleveland on Monday night.