That year, the Cavaliers came back, winning Game 3 and eventually overcoming a 3-1 deficit to take the championship.
That's why things, while often heated, never seem to get overheated.
Kevin Durant found his steady stroke to score 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists while also handling a load of the defensive assignment against James.
Turns out, when the same franchises meet for the fourth consecutive year to decide the National Basketball Association championship, familiarity indeed does breed contempt. Tension has been high at times in the first two games of this series, emotions have started to boil over on a couple of occasions, and that trend will probably be continuing until someone hoists the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
James raised eyebrows when he showed up with a suit jacket and matching shorts for Game 1, then arrived at Game 2 with a similar look. As James brought the ball down and tried to continue to the basket, Curry fell to the ground under James' feet.
"You look at it, they've got four Hall of Famers on their team in Klay, Dray, Steph and KD". If the Warriors win another, they will join dynasty status in Armstrong's mind.
"He's the best in the game at evaluating the court and figuring out what he wants and where he wants it", Stevens said.
Golden State has won on Cleveland's court, including Game 3 past year, or closing them out to win a title in 2015's Game 6. In each instance, Stephen Curry - a two-time MVP and the greatest shooter on the planet - had Love right where he wanted him: By himself, with no help defender in sight, giving the Golden State star the time and space to dissect him off the dribble to the tune of 33 points and a Finals-record nine 3-pointers. Most recently, Curry missed the first six games of the playoffs with a left MCL sprain.
Until then, it's just all part of the game. James appeared less agitated than he did after Game 1.
Haynes also tweeted: "ESPN Sources: Golden State forward Andre Iguodala has been pain free the last few days, eyeing a return soon". Some of the shots he missed, he's going to make those at home. "So we just have to be better and just going home and being in front of our crowd for Game 3 of The Finals will be huge for us".
Nearly two weeks ago, Kerr said: "Until he's able to run without pain, I can't play him".
They have won eight in a row.
The Warriors, seeking their third crown in four seasons, could complete a sweep in the best-of-seven showdown with road wins Wednesday and Friday after taking a 2-0 edge with a 122-103 home triumph Sunday.