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Golden State wrapped up their first two matches in California, comfortably accounting for Cleveland on both occasions. The combined winning margin in both games is an NBA record and will have the Cavaliers wary of an ambush in Ohio territory.

In the first match of the Finals, it was the Warriors bench that lifted and inspired Golden State to victory to snare a 1-0 series lead. The second game was completely dominated by the Warriors and in an encouraging sign; the key stats were shared across board as the Oakland-based franchise moved away from its dependence on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

The Cavs will be extremely disappointed with their defensive performance in both matches. It is difficult on any given day to halt the Warriors when they are on a roll but LeBron James’ side was not strict enough in containing Golden State. The only positives Cleveland can take out of the first two matches are: they can only improve on their humiliating Game II loss and the Cavs are a much better team when they have the home ground advantage.

Bring on Game III!



WARRIORS at CAVALIERS

Thursday, June 9, 11:00am (AEST) @ Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

  • The Warriors’ record at on the road this season is the best of any team in the competition at 37-11, including seven of their last 11 at away venues.
  • Golden State’s over/under in this year’s playoff is 7/12, while over the course of the entire season it is 52/48/1.
  • The Warriors have reached the overs more times than any other team in the NBA this season.
  • The Warriors scored 90 of 226 (39.8%) three-pointers in their seven matches against the Thunder; the most in any Playoffs series in NBA History.
  • The Warriors join the Rochester Royals (’51) and Spurs (’05) as the only teams to win both game I and game II of an NBA Finals by 15+ points each.
  • Golden State’s 87 wins this season (regular season and playoffs) ties the 1995-96 Bulls for most combined wins in a single season.
  • The Warriors’ 48 point combined wins from the first two Finals matches is the biggest in NBA history.
  • The Cavaliers’ record at home this season is the best of any Eastern Conference team at 40-8, including their last seven at Quicken Loans Arena.
  • Cleveland’s over/under in this year’s playoff is 7/9/1, while over the course of the entire season it is 48/49/1.
  • Teams that take a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals have a 28-3 series record all-time.
  • The Warriors are 120-1 when leading by 15+ at any point in the last two seasons (including playoffs). Their only loss was at home game against the Timberwolves.

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