Golden State War­riors beat Cleve­land Cava­liers in game two

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ENGLISH Golden State War­riors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Fi­nals

Kevin Du­rant hit a game-high 33 points, while Stephen Curry recorded his first play-off triple-dou­ble, with 32 points, 10 re­bounds and 11 as­sists.

LeBron James made a record­e­qualling eighth play-off triple-dou­ble.

The War­riors, who wel­comed back coach Steve Kerr af­ter miss­ing 11 games through back is­sues, have now won a record 14 straight play­off games.

The vis­i­tors trailed by just three points at half-time at Or­a­cle Arena, be­fore the War­riors outscored the Cava­liers 35-24 in a de­ci­sive third quar­ter.

Golden State beat Cleve­land in the 2015 fi­nals but were 2-0 and then 3-1 up last year, only to let their lead slip as the Cava­liers won their first NBA ti­tle.

Kerr, a five-time NBA cham­pion as a player, had been ab­sent since game two of his side's first play-off se­ries against Port­land Trail Blaz­ers af­ter suf­fer­ing com­pli­ca­tions from back surgery in 2015.

As­sis­tant coach Mike Brown stepped in, com­plet­ing 4-0 sweeps of Port­land, Utah Jazz and San An­to­nio Spurs to reach the fi­nals, with Kerr only an­nounc­ing his re­turn for this game hours be­fore tip-off.

"For him to be out there when he has a built-in ex­cuse not to be­cause of the in­cred­i­ble pain he's un­der, it's amaz­ing. It mo­ti­vates us to win for him," said War­riors shoot­ing guard Klay Thomp­son, who hit 22 points.

Kerr, 51, led the War­riors to the 2015 ti­tle be­fore last year's de­feat and said his side would have to play "smarter" in game three of the be­stof-seven se­ries, which takes place in Cleve­land on Wed­nes­day

"We play that same game in Cleve­land, there's no way we win," said Kerr.

Dou­ble triple-dou­ble

A triple-dou­ble means a player has recorded a dou­ble-digit num­ber in three of five sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories: points, re­bounds, as­sists, steals, and blocks.

Cava­liers small for­ward James, 32, made 29 points, 11 re­bounds and 14 as­sists to draw level with Los An­ge­les Lak­ers leg­end Magic Johnson on eight post-sea­son triple-dou­bles. No other player has more than two.

"Right now, it means noth­ing, but it will mean some­thing," said James.

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