He even received "M-V-P" chants from the crowd at the free throw line in the first quarter.
James said he hesitated on calling a timeout when Smith was dribbling away from the basket because he wasn't totally sure the Cavs had one and it could've led to a technical foul.
Curry, though, had help and saw teammate Kevin Durant score 26 points, while Klay Thompson posted 20 points, even though he came into the game as a doubt with an ankle injury.
In the 2015-16 season, Steph and Klay combined for 1,536 3-point attempts, and made 678, as Steph became the first person in National Basketball Association history to make 400 in a season. He has one assist in the Boston and Golden State series combined.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Cavs switched Kevin Love onto Curry, only for the latter to sink an off-balance 28-footer as the shot clock hit the buzzer, despite having briefly lost the ball as he tried to dribble himself free of Love. Aggression doesn't always translate to success.
The answer, of course, is that the rest of the Warriors were just 1-of-9 on 3-pointers.
That said, the Cavaliers need to stop sleeping on what Korver can do for the offense. Let's discuss whether or not Cleveland can battle back as we take a quick glance at what the oddsmakers are dealing. He's now at 1,327 points, 10 more than Kareem, and trails only Jerry West (1,679). "Just because we're going home doesn't mean we can relax".
James followed up his 51-point performance in Game 1 with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in a far tamer finals sequel minus the utter craziness of a drama-packed opener three days prior.
Not that that has made him any less beloved here. Smith, one of the streakiest sharpshooters in the league, doesn't command the respect that a player like Korver does.
Thompson has been much more lethal against the Cavaliers this postseason, averaging 22 points per game. It's not flawless, but their current approach could get them blown out of the water. His first points - the first for Cleveland - came on a goaltend by McGee. The Warriors, who've struggled at times with focus, jumped out to a 15-6 run to start the game and appeared locked in from the outset in the wire-to-wire victory.
The first play of the game is a great example. The Cavaliers need to find some time for him to shut it down between now and Friday, because Game 3 is a must-win for the Cavaliers if they want to make it back here to the Bay Area for a Game 5. If the Warriors win another, they will join dynasty status in Armstrong's mind.
James is said to want to remain on the east making the Sixers the the most obvious choice, however he could opt for the Rockets to play alongside best friend Chris Paul.