"We've got a great opportunity in front of us and we've got to seize it".
The best-of-seven series now shifts to Cleveland for two games, with Game 3 Wednesday.
He was even seen huffing and puffing as he went to the bench at one point in the third quarter.
"But I think he's doing a good job trying to play with pace, pushing the basketball".
Golden State's defense gave the Cavs trouble for the second straight game and Irving was asked about why the Warriors have been able to make it hard for him in the first two games of the series. So the flawless play-off mark was not overly lauded.
James: I don't know. He knows that the Cavaliers were down 0-2 previous year and came back to win it all.
There's zero point in harping on the no-call-the Warriors thoroughly outplayed every non-LeBron Cav, and one play was not going to swing this game.
All that triple-double, his NBA Finals tying record eighth, got him and the Cavs was a 14-point deficit going into the final quarter. It wasn't even in the top two most impressive lines of the night.
Said James of Irving: "He missed some chippies - ones he's so accustomed to making". "But it will mean something". It will be the crucial one for the Cavaliers, and if they want to preserve the chances of defending the title they just need to win.
Stephen Curry had arguably his standout game of the playoffs to date and he recorded a triple double in the process.
"It was a great moment for him and for the crowd, everybody showing their appreciation for all he's been through", Warriors guard Stephen Curry told reporters after the game. Asked what he needed after the game, he replied simply: "some food. and some wine". "That's something that I can control, just being smarter with the ball". Kevin Love had 27 points and Kyrie Irving 19. Kerr committed his future to the Golden State Warriors.
He, too, shrugged off individual glory.
"We just have to sustain effort over the entire game".
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr marvelled at the skill on display from both sides as the likes of Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green battled with James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.
"We've got to be better as far as not relaxing, not falling asleep, the 50-50 balls, we've got to get to those".
"It's always fun when you've got to make a lot of decisions out there", Kerr said. "We're hoping it's going to be a different story at home". At the end of the day the home team has won the first two games, which isn't all that surprising. Now we have to go back there.
Curry could have finished Game 2 and talked about how happy he was with his team's performance, or how great it feels to be up 2-0 in the series.
After being unable to coach for most of these playoffs, coach Kerr felt good enough to suit up and be back on the sidelines for Golden State. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition and four points from Shaun Livingston.