Most people had written off the Cleveland Cavaliers once it was determined that Kyrie Irving would join join Kevin Love on the sidelines for the rest of the playoffs. But LeBron James, Matthew Dellavedova and the gritty band of Cavaliers stunned the Golden State Warriors in Game 2, pulling out a 95-93 overtime victory after blowing a late 11-point lead in regulation. It was the first Finals victory in Cavaliers franchise history and the series is tied 1-1.
James recorded his fifth NBA Finals triple-double, putting up 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in 50 minutes. He only shot 11-of-35 and missed a potential game-winner in the final seconds of regulation, but he made 14-of-18 from the line and had an all-around incredible performance despite the poor shooting.
Dellavedova came up with the game-winning play, grabbing a key offensive rebound with the Cavaliers down one in overtime and then knocking down two free throws when he was fouled after the rebound. The Aussie also helped hound Stephen Curry into a woeful 5-of-23 shooting night, which included the MVP going a dismal 2-of-15 from three:
NERD NOTES: Steph Curry when guarded by Matthew Dellavedova in Game 2: 0 Pts, 0-8 FG, 0-5 3-pt FG, 4 TO pic.twitter.com/pHMlJgcwGl
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) June 8, 2015
Curry turned the ball over six times total on the night.
Curry won’t shoot that bad again, but the Cavaliers have stolen home-court advantage and things have gotten a lot more interesting. It’s still difficult to see this undermanned Cleveland squad winning three more games, but I didn’t envision this outcome, so never say never.