Stephen Curry Dances on LeBron James, Notches First Career Playoff Triple-Double

Bryan Brandom
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For the second NBA Finals game in a row, the highlight of the Golden State Warriors‘ victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers involved a Dubs star incredibly taking LeBron James to the hole.

In Game 2, it was Stephen Curry.

Three days after Kevin Durant blew by James and made him fall—thanks to a little bit of luck—en route to a dunk, Curry utilized his historically elite handles to do-si-do James all over the halfcourt before slipping a layup past LeBron and Kevin Love.

“Honestly, I was rushing to begin with because I felt like there was an angle here, an angle there, and there wasn’t, because a huge crowd around on that right side of the floor,” Curry said of the drive in the third quarter. “Then I was able to kind of reset back behind the 3-point line, and you kind of just give a little hesitation that [you] make them think you’re going to shoot and just try to go around him. And at that point, I was a little bit more composed than earlier in that possession. I was just kind of like a chicken with my head cut off, just running circles.”

The reigning two-time MVP finished the 132-113 victory to go up 2-0 in the series with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists for his first career playoff triple-double.

That included this fire pass to Shaun Livingston.

“I thought for the most part with the game plan that we had we tried to execute it as close as possible,” said James, who had a triple-double of his own: 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists. “Much more physical today than we were in Game 1. And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we’ve got to be much better, too.”