After a thrilling Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will square off in Game 2 at Oracle Arena on Sunday night.
Despite a whopping 51 points from LeBron James, the Cavs dropped the series opener in heartbreaking fashion, as a J.R. Smith brain cramp paved the way for a Warriors overtime win.
Will Golden State take a commanding 2-0 lead Sunday night, or will the Cavs steal one on the road to bring a tied series back to Cleveland?
Follow our live blog throughout the game for updates on the score, as well as highlights and analysis.
End of game, 122-103 Warriors: It was a wire-to-wire victory for the defending champions. Stephen Curry posted a game-high 33 points and was one of five Warriors players to score in double figures, including Kevin Durant (26 points, 10-of-14 shooting). LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to lift Cleveland to a win.
Fourth quarter, 3:30, 114-93 Warriors: It’s history at Oracle, as Stephen Curry breaks an NBA Finals record with his ninth (!) 3-pointer of the game.
Fourth quarter, 4:09, 111-93 Warriors: It appears the Cavaliers are waving the white flag, as Tyronn Lue takes out LeBron James, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.
Fourth quarter, 5:44, 109-93 Warriors: Not even a hard foul will prevent Stephen Curry from knocking a shot down from beyond the arc.
Fourth quarter, 7:54, 103-89 Warriors: Stephen Curry beats the shot clock with an absolute circus shot.
Fourth quarter, 8:21, 100-89 Warriors: The two teams traded baskets after Stephen Curry’s back-to-back 3 pointers. LeBron James’ driving layup prompts Warriors coach Steve Kerr to call the first timeout of the quarter.
Fourth quarter, 10:12, 96-83 Warriors: LeBron James scores the first points of the quarter with a deep 3-pointer, but Stephen Curry answers with treys of his own on Golden State’s next two possessions.
End of third quarter, 90-80 Warriors: Despite scoring 34 points in the quarter, the Cavs still find themselves down by a double-digit margin. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson carried the load on offense for the Warriors in the third with 10 points each.
Third quarter, 0:04, 90-79 Warriors: David West knocks down his first 3-pointer of the postseason to boost Golden State’s lead back up to double digits.
Third quarter, 3:54, 81-73 Warriors: LeBron James is tripped up by Stephen Curry on a drive to the basket, but the referees don’t blow their whistles. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was issued a technical foul after arguing the non-call.
Third quarter, 5:20, 76-71 Warriors: Kevin Love is keeping the Cavaliers in the game. He’s 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the quarter with 11 points.
Third quarter, 6:55, 72-64 Warriors: LeBron James knocks down his first 3-pointer of the game and swells his point total to 20.
Third quarter, 8:36, 69-59 Warriors: The unexpected night from JaVale McGee continues.
Third quarter, 9:40, 63-56 Warriors: Cleveland looks sharp to start the second half, especially Kevin Love, who’s already knocked down two 3-pointers just over two minutes into the quarter.
End of first half, 59-46 Warriors: Golden State’s trio of sharpshooters are doing their part, as Stephen Curry (16 points), Kevin Durant (13 points) and Klay Thompson (10 points) all scored in double figures in the first half. LeBron James posted 15 points through the first two quarters, but the Cavs collectively shot 34.8 percent from the field in the first half.
Second quarter, 1:05, 59-44 Warriors: Stephen Curry, as usual, is feeling it from beyond the arc.
Second quarter, 3:31, 51-38 Warriors: JaVale McGee continues to make an impact for Golden State, scoring two quick buckets after checking back into the game at the 4:51 mark in the quarter.
Second quarter, 6:12, 47-36 Warriors: After a Kevin Love and-1 play, the Warriors go on a 7-0 run in less than a minute, capped off by a Stephen Curry 3-pointer.
Second quarter, 8:14, 39-33 Warriors: George Hill has been one of the lone bright spots for the Cavs in the game. He hits his second 3-pointer and boosts his point total to eight.
Second quarter, 9:12, 39-30 Warriors: Klay Thomspon follows up Kevin Durant’s 3-pointer with a deep 2-pointer, forcing the Cavaliers to take a timeout.
End of first quarter, 32-28 Warriors: Golden State cannot jump out to a commanding lead despite shooting 65 percent from the field in the opening frame. LeBron James leads all scorers with 10 points, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with seven points apiece.
First quarter, 1:44, 30-24 Warriors: Certainly not ideal for the Cavaliers.
First quarter, 3:32, 26-19 Warriors: Golden State continues to dominate the paint.
First quarter, 7:03, 17-12 Warriors: How do you stop this?
First quarter, 8:14, 15-6 Warriors: The Warriors are on fire, connecting on their first seven shot attempts of the game. Draymond Green’s dunk forces Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to call the first timeout of the contest.
First quarter, 11:18, 4-0 Warriors: Golden State’s lineup tweak pays off, as JaVale McGee scores two quick buckets in the first minute.
8:00 p.m.: The Warriors will roll out a slightly different starting lineup for Game 2.
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