In Wednesday night's Game 3, finished just an hour before, James scored 33 points (in logging a 10th career National Basketball Association finals triple-double), limited Warriors star Steph Curry to just one three-point shot and still Cleveland lost, 110-102.
With Curry and Thompson non-factors much of the game, combining for 21 points on 7 for 27 combined shooting, Durant finished with a playoff career-best 43 points.
Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.4 steals in 13 appearances this postseason, including 12 starts.
Assuming Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant don't leave next summer - technically, Durant could opt-out this summer, though there's no indication he'd leave the Warriors if they win back-to-back titles - the Warriors dominance could last several more years.
The Cavaliers wasted another strong game from LeBron James, who racked up his 10th NBA Finals triple-double - 33 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Eastern Time (0100GMT Saturday).
J.R. Smith and Kevin Love both made 3-pointers and scored five points in the strong start.
"Different game, different season". To be up six at the half after being up 13. they're going to make runs. Though Love played him well two years ago, that was just one sequence in which Curry was unsuccessful. Most of the time, when he's guarded by a big man, Curry's eyes go wide as he has the mismatch that he wants.
Andre Iguodala entered midway through the period for his debut in this series and made his lone shot.
Livingston said that wound up being a huge energy boost for Golden State, and he knows that the Cavaliers will aim to take the easy ones at the rim away in Game 3. The Warriors now hold a 2-0 series lead.
Cleveland's strong start was nearly entirely erased, thanks largely to Kevin Durant.
Golden State leads the NBA Finals 2-0. "Kerr won't reveal his starting lineups during these playoffs, but it's likely Iguodala initially returns to a bench role, perhaps with a minutes limit". McGee's contribution was especially vital in the third quarter, when he scored eight points as the Warriors quickly wiped out a six-point halftime deficit. When I wake up Friday morning I'll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win.
"That's the story of the season", said Kerr, walking the thin line between frenetic energy and exhaustion that he often does.
If the Cavaliers hope to avoid falling into a 3-0 series hole against the Warriors, it will require them to get a collective effort across the board.
The Warriors seized a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and by winning game four Friday would complete the first championship series sweep since Cleveland was blanked by San Antonio in 2007.
However, a month later, in the Western Conference finals, McGee was demoted in favor of Kevon Looney and rookie Jordan Bell against the Houston Rockets' pick-and-roll attack. He missed all four shots and is now 8 of 29 dating to Game 1 of last year's Finals. "Top two best players in our league", said Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue.