Brazil’s Leandro Barbosa led the international players in scoring but Australia’s Andrew Bogut took the plaudits in Golden State Warriors’ 110-77 game two blowout of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Barbosa had 10 points, but Bogut hit two points, pulled down six rebounds and swatted five shots for the Warriors.
Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova hit seven points and Russia’s Timofey Mozgov added five for Cleveland but were all scored when the game was decided.
Draymond Green led the Warriors with 28 points as they managed to comfortably brush aside the Cavaliers despite turning the ball over twenty times. LeBron James paced Cleveland with 19 points, ending a 16-game Finals streak of 20-point plus games.
Cleveland will now head home with a new game plan needed plus they will be sweating over the health of Kevin Love who was accidently elbowed by Harrison Barnes in the second quarter then early in the third taken to the locker room, complaining of dizziness.
After a stellar showing in game one, Barbosa played just one minute in the entire first half for the Warriors but he wasn’t needed. Bogut, who quietly stuffed the stats in game one, was getting more attention in the first eight minutes for Golden State as he swiped four Cleveland attempts away plus, the Aussie added two points and three rebounds as the hosts led 21-19 after the first quarter.
James, who failed to score in the opening period for the first time ever in the NBA Finals heated up and a hammer dunk, two minutes into the second off the feed by Australian Dellavedova gave Cleveland hope.
But Golden State though went on a 20-2 run following that play by James and despite the Cavaliers ending the half on a 7-0 burst, the Warriors led 52-44.
But the 7-0 run by Cleveland proved to be the final effort by the visitors as the third period belonged to the Warriors. League MVP Stephen Curry went out with four fouls but they outscored the Cavaliers 25-15 to take an 82-62 lead.
Russian international Mozgov started the fourth period as the Cavs put on their bench to see out the game as the Warriors lead ballooned to thirty points thanks to back-to-back buckets by Barbosa.
Game three takes place in Cleveland on Wednesday.
— John Hobbs (@johnswisshobbs) June 6, 2016
Bogut out here havin' a block party.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 6, 2016
Bogut with the 🔨https://t.co/eaY2KSLZwy
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) June 6, 2016
Draymond Green doing his best Steph Curry impression.#NBAFinals
— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) June 6, 2016
Kevin Love's first half: pic.twitter.com/ll6ZZADt4t
— The Ringer (@ringer) June 6, 2016
BEEP BEEP. Dubs up 67-53 😎 pic.twitter.com/ryXvtzlrmA
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 6, 2016
— Angus Crawford (@arkcrawford) June 6, 2016