Such was the case in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, in which the Warriors thrashed the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The series now heads back to Cleveland, where the Warriors won by 34 points on Jan. 18.
The Warriors have now won 87 games combining the regular season and postseason, tying the 1995-96 Bulls for the most wins in a season in NBA history.
The Warriors have won seven straight games against the Cavaliers (including postseason). That’s the longest winning streak by any team against a LeBron James team.
James’ team trails 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Celtics.
The Cavaliers are 2-10 all-time in the NBA Finals, the second-worst record for any team in the Finals. They’ve lost five straight Finals games dating back to last season.
Difference-maker: Draymond Green
Green finished with 28 points (on 11-of-20 shooting), seven rebounds and five assists. He had averaged 10 points and shot 34 percent in his previous seven games.
Green was 6-of-9 for 15 points in Game 2 when his shot was uncontested, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He’s 10-of-17 for the series when left open. His 10 baskets and 25 points are the most for any player in this series.
Green was the leading scorer on a day in which Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were a little more successful than Game 1. They combined to outscore the Cavaliers’ starting backcourt of J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving 35-15.
Iguodala stymies LeBron James again
Andre Iguodala did what he does against James. He guarded James for 17 plays, on which James was 1-of-3 from the field with two points, three assists and three turnovers.
An unlikely dynamic duo
Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa combined for 17 points in Game 2. Those two are 21-of-26 from the field, with nine assists and one turnover, for the series. They’ve made as many shots as Kevin Love (who was limited to 21 minutes in Game 2 due to injury) and Kyrie Irving combined. But Love and Irving have taken 60 shots from the field.
Small isn't working for the Cavaliers
The Cavaliers were outscored by 23 points when going small in Game 2 after being outscored by 26 with small lineups in Game 1. Despite their lack of success, the Cavs went small more often in Game 2, even utilizing James at center. The Cavaliers were outscored by 11 with James at center.
There have been 31 instances of a team taking a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. The team with that lead won the championship 28 times. The three teams that came back from 2-0 down to win the title are the 1968-69 Celtics (against the Lakers), the 1976-77 Trail Blazers (whose anniversary of clinching the title against the 76ers was Sunday night) and the 2005-06 Heat (against the Mavericks).
ESPN’s Basketball Power Index gives the Warriors a 91 percent chance to win the series.