NBA Finals 2017: Cavaliers say they 'need' JR Smith to shoot more

  • NBA Finals 2017: Cavaliers say they 'need' JR Smith to shoot more

NBA Finals 2017: Cavaliers say they 'need' JR Smith to shoot more

The Cleveland Cavaliers - and, by extension, LeBron James - knew they had to win Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night to even the series and have a realistic chance of beating the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

James scored 29 points and had 14 assists and 11 rebounds in the 132-113 setback to the Golden State Warriors.

In his absence, acting coach Mike Brown guided the team to 11 consecutive wins against the Trail Blazers, Jazz, Spurs and - in Game 1 here on Thursday - the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The game tips off at 8:00 p.m. EST.

They went to a smaller lineup that contributed to Golden State committing 20 turnovers a game after tying a Finals record with four.

The Cavs began to turn things around last year after being outscored by 48 points in the first two losses in Oakland - seven more than this year. The other end of the court has been more of a challenge this postseason for Thompson, who has posted two of the top seven 3-point seasons in National Basketball Association history the past two seasons and is a 42 percent shooter for his career from long range.

Here's how to watch Warriors vs. Cavs Game 2 online. Much more physical today than we were in Game 1. Curry had 15 points in the quarter, going 10-for-10 at the free throw line. The Cavs didn't score for nearly 3 minutes as the Warriors pushed the lead to 14 points at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Yes, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were studs and Klay Thompson put the clamps on every Cavs player he defended.

After trailing by just three at halftime, the Cavaliers were still down just 86-82 after a layup by Irving with 5:41 left in the third period.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are going back to black. Much of that was from the free-throw line where he shot a flawless 14-of-14.

It was so long ago, in fact, that the man serving as the coach of the Cavaliers at the time was Mike Brown, the same man who is now interim coach of the Golden State Warriors, the team currently battling James in these NBA Finals. On Sunday, though, Steve Kerr - healthy enough to coach for the first time since Game 2 of the first round - had the confidence to go for broke without the services of his loud-mouthed, shape-shifting forward.

"What's our record now without me, like 800-12?" quipped Kerr, who missed the first 43 games during last season's record 73-win campaign.