Warriors coach Kerr returns for Game 2

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California.

It should not take away from the fact that Curry put James in a spin cycle.

Rather than reach back to last year's championship comeback for a confidence boost, James' focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more risky this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.

"We're young. We're hungry".

"We had an opportunity, last game, we cut it to four, and then they made a couple plays", James easily recited with his freakishly advanced memory.

"Sure, he wants to do better, but we're not anxious about it".

"[This] was a game based on talent, we had a lot of guys who played exceptionally well individually and we played with great energy".

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has talked about how the Warriors pursued Durant a year ago, after playing against him and his former team - the Thunder - in the playoffs. "For him the whole priority was his health and I think he's in a good place right now".

Defiant - and some might argue delusional - in the face of a 2-0 deficit to the postseason-perfect Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the defending champions are sticking with their plan. So the flawless playoff mark wasn't overly lauded.

"Whether that be a quick foul or a quick 3-pointer and it gives them that confidence in order to spread out this lead and we allow them to feel comfortable, then it can happen like that", Irving said. "So we knew he would fit perfectly into what we already did, but make us better". And Im confident that we can play that way, and we did it past year.

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"But it does mean something". "That's how we've got to play. So it's good to have him back over there".

"We forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we got to be much better too", James said.

Kevin Love scored 27 points for Cleveland while Kyrie Irving added 19.

Tip-insCavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored his first points of the series on a driving dunk midway through the first quarter.

The NBA Finals is off and running with its best ratings through two games since the Chicago Bulls' last championship in 1998.

'Much more physical today than we were in Game One. "So we've got to be much better, too". "That's how we've got to play". "They make you pay".

"The biggest thing for us is we usually haven't gotten off to a great start in this building", Stephen Curry said Tuesday. Through two games, Thompson has been rendered unplayable: 8 points and 8 rebounds total. "Now we've got to go home and regroup".

LeBron James is not dwelling in the pain of the past anymore and says the team will focus on how they could do better in game 3 of the NBA Finals against rivals Golden State Warriors. While the all-star shooting guard's defense had been a big factor in Golden State's victory - Cavaliers shooters had gone just 1-for-12 with him covering them - Thompson had shot just 3-for-16, continuing his postseason slump. "In fact, I think sometimes (the Cavaliers) don't get enough credit for how well they played Games 5 through 7".

James tied Magic Johnson for most NBA Finals triple-doubles with eight, and this marked the first time in NBA history more than one player had a triple-double in the same Finals game.