And they got within a touchdown early when LeBron James drilled a long bomb from the top of the arc.
Prior to the series, we asked readers who would win the Finals, and in how many games. The decision baffled a frustrated and stunned LeBron, who signaled at his teammate with arms pointed toward the basket.
"Isos are great, and we have guys that are capable of doing that all across the board", Curry said after the game. "But we have confidence in JR, and he's just got to continue taking his shots".
His playmaking ability was key to keeping the Cavs close by.
The Golden State Warriors soundly defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 122-103, to take a 2-0 series lead as the 2018 NBA Finals now shifts to Quicken Loans Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
-David West had made just one 3-pointer in 33 previous playoff games for the Warriors over the past two seasons. "Guys in the locker room, they already know that". Coach Steve Kerr had said Thompson, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 1 on Thursday, would be evaluated after warmups.
Cavaliers' coach Tyronn Lue said he was happy with how his team battled back from a 13-point half-time deficit to keep it a single-digit game for much of the third quarter. It seems to always be that way.
The Warriors expect that Smith and the rest of the Cavaliers will be more than ready for Game 2.
"Sometimes you need a little luck".
"He's a big shot taker, big shot maker", Draymond Green said. Cleveland's four-time MVP still led his squad with 29 points on 10-for-20 shooting, but it simply wasn't enough to match a hot Warriors' squad that shot 57 percent from the field and canned 15 threes.
Not even in Smith's own mind. So that's the hard part of the game we all have to endure.
Learn from your mistakes, Golden State.
Shaun Livingston and JaVale McGee were fantastic for the Warriors, combining to go nine for nine from the floor with 22 points and seven rebounds. "Just because we're going home doesn't mean we can relax". They know it, too. And in the immediate aftermath, it appeared Smith said to James on the court that he thought the Cavs were leading - something he denied afterward. And then I come back and be myself and play the next day. But when J.R. Smith retrieved the rebound, that's when sh*t hit the fan.
Thompson said Saturday about the injury, on which Smith slipped and slid into his leg, "From watching that replay, it pissed me off". This is the last team in the world you want to relax against.
So, did he go off for 51 with only one good eye?