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Curry's 3-point dazzlers lift Warriors halfway to NBA title

  • Published at 12:07 pm June 4th, 2018
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots a three point basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith the game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena, in Oakland on Sunday REUTERS

Stephen Curry broke the NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers and leading the Golden State Warriors to a second straight win over the Cleveland Cavaliers

Golden State sharpshooter Stephen Curry delivered a performance for the ages Sunday with an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers powering the defending champion Warriors over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Curry's 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting, including 9-of-17 from beyond the arc, lead Golden State to a 122-103 triumph and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven finals that continue Wednesday in Cleveland.

Teams that win the first two games have won the NBA title 88 percent of the time, a good omen for a Warriors club seeking a third crown in four seasons.

Curry, who already owns NBA 3-pointer records for a season and consecutive games among others, delivered deflating blows time and again to the Cavaliers.

The 30-year-old maestro scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, answering a LeBron James 3-pointer with back-to-back 3s for a 96-83 lead.

"It was big," Curry said. "Any of those moments when you can come down and answer and keep the momentum on our side, it's big."

Curry added an epic desperation heave as the shot clock expired, a corner 3-pointer while being fouled and the record-setter with 3:30 remaining from the left wing.

Curry broke the old mark of eight 3-pointers in a finals game set by Boston's Ray Allen in 2010.

"That's a pretty cool deal to accomplish, knowing who has held the record for eight years," Curry said.

"But at the end of the day, it's all about trying to get a win and doing whatever you can to make that happen. If we focus on that, good things happen individually all across the board.

"I never woke up and was like, 'All right, let's go get nine threes and get the record.' It was more so about playing the game the right way, having good intentions out there on the court and good things happen."

The 3-pointer with the most acclaim came after he fumbled the ball, grabbed it, stepped back with the shot clock about to expire and fired in a miracle with Cleveland's Kevin Love defending.

"Tough shot taker, tough shot maker," said Warriors forward Draymond Green. "The one where he was falling away was like, 'Oh, man, he's really got it going.' But we've seen this before where he completely takes the game over with his scoring ability, and he did that tonight."