GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS HANDLE CLEVELAND CAVS AND TAKE 2-0 LEAD IN THE NBA FINALS

Tristan Thompson struggles to keep control under the basket in the second quarter. Credit Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

The Golden State Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the third straight season. Stephen Curry finished with an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers as he scored 33 points to lead the Warriors. Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. LeBron James had another strong game, finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists, but it just wasn’t enough. By 

Just a reminder about the Marvel universe in which LeBron James currently operates: He had 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, and the opposing coach is talking about how difficult they made things for him. But that’s the deal with LeBron in this series — he can’t simply be great. He has to be transcendent to give the Cavs even the slightest chance of achieving one of the biggest upsets in sports history. After all, his near-perfect Game 1 still wasn’t enough. By 

The shot clock ticked away close to zero. Yet, Warriors guard Stephen Curry backed away toward the perimeter and casually tossed a 29-foot 3-pointer that swished into the net. By 

Stephen Curry celebrates after one of his nine 3-pointers in the Warriors’ Game 2 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday in the NBA Finals. AP

The shot clock was winding down. Golden State’s Stephen Curry momentarily lost control of the ball. He retrieved, retreated and flung it over Kevin Love. Most humans would have been content to hit the rim. By Fred Kerber

Thompson was asked if he felt “helpless” when forced to guard Steph Curry and Klay Thompson on the perimeter and didn’t take kindly to that question, immediately searching for his stuff and grumbling “that’s f*cked up” as he promptly walked out of the scrum. By 

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