"That's why we play the game", Klay Thompson said afterward.
James scored 33 points and Kevin Love added 20 for the Cavs, who have fallen into a hole in which no team has ever emerged.
"Well, this is the beauty of this team and the luxury that we have of having multiple big-time scorers", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world but him could have made those shots". They seemed to have full control even though a majority of the first half was a close game.
Officiating in this year's NBA Finals has received some attention, especially after Game 1.
"We talk about his versatility all the time", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.
The sight of Kevin Durant dribbling up the left wing with under a minute to go would be enough to make any Cleveland fan have sweat-induced night terrors.
He was amused earlier in this series by a question that suggested the defining moment of his career was the 3-pointer in Game 3 last season.
This could be the last time the 33-year-old plays in Cleveland as he could leave in free agency this summer.
Golden State might have the services of Andre Igoudala back as his condition has been raised to questionable.
This dagger, drilled from almost the same spot as his pivotal bomb in Game 3 a year ago, not only ended Wednesday's contest but also, for all intents and purposes, iced these Finals.
Curry called Durant's zone "supreme self confidence".
"Me being criticized? I don't believe that", he said sarcastically. The most important thing, I think, is physicality. Huge flames shot from the scoreboard. So, I can't - I don't really know.
Pharaoh Brown went to high school in Lyndhurst, Ohio, a half an hour outside Cleveland, and just like many other kids at Brush High School, he grew up rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In nine home games, James is averaging an absurd 38.1 points per game, while shooting just over 40 per cent from beyond the arc.
"That's what championship teams do", James said. We're all grown men. "I finally got Game 1 out of my head".
The 2017 NBA Finals MVP had 13 points and was 4 for 4 from the field as Golden State cut a 12-point deficit down to 29-28 after one quarter.
When he takes the floor, it'll be for the 238th playoff game of his career.
"You know, he's an assassin, and that was one of those assassin plays right there", he said. "A very tough challenge going against these guys, going against this team". "How much more picking up of teammates do you want me to do?"
And with Golden State already halfway to the four wins needed for another National Basketball Association title, his presence will make this comeback attempt by the Cavaliers in this series only more challenging.
"I mean, you guys ask me what is the difference between the Warriors - you guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer?" Cleveland might have run away with Wednesday's game as they have in others in this building were it not for the Durant.
"He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league. So there it is".