Stephen Curry confident Warriors will win title

Diamond Leung
San Jose Mercury News

Oakland, Calif. — Frigid-shooting Stephen Curry had the worst playoff performance of his career in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors made one stirring comeback to send Game 2 into overtime before a second surge in the extra period fell short and the final possession ended on a Curry turnover.

And now the series is evened up after undermanned Cleveland survived, 95-93, in overtime at Oracle Arena in Oakland, holding off the Warriors as LeBron James carried the Cavaliers with a triple-double.

"I'm not going to let one game kind of alter my confidence," Curry said. "I know as a team we're not going to let one game alter our belief that we're going to win the series."

Matthew Dellavedova, starting in place of injured point guard Kyrie Irving, collected the 14th offensive rebound for the Cavaliers of the game and made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left in overtime to put the Cavaliers ahead 94-93.

On the other end, Curry only could hoist up an air ball, finishing the night with 19 points on 5-for-23 shooting. With the Warriors trailing by two with 4.4 seconds left, Curry had the ball stolen by Iman Shumpert for his sixth turnover.

"I doubt this will happen again," Curry said of his poor performance.

James racked up 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in 50 minutes on a day when it was the reigning MVP (Curry) who couldn't get much going despite the Cavaliers missing injured All-Star, Irving.

Curry, guarded by Dellavedova for much of the game, proved to be human, going 2-for-15 from 3-point range.

"It had everything to do with Delly," James said of Dellavedova. "He just kept a body on Steph. He made Steph work. He was spectacular, man, defensively."

Klay Thompson kept the Warriors alive with 34 points, but was shut out in overtime as the Warriors lost for the fourth time at Oracle Arena this year.

After scoring 44 in a Game 1 overtime loss with little help from his teammates, James got some this time.

Timofey Mozgov had 17 points and 11 rebounds. J.R. Smith scored 13 points off the bench. Tristan Thompson grabbed 14 rebounds.

Then there was Dellavedova, who grabbed that key offensive rebound and calmly scored the tying and go-ahead points.

"That is a classic thing you practice growing up: Down one, you need to make both free throws," Dellavedova said.

"I forgot to box him out," Thompson lamented about that last possession. "He got the foul, and I'm going to think about that for a long time."

Leaders try to save Bucks

The Legislature must act quickly to approve a $500 million financing deal to pay for a new Bucks arena or the agreement could fall apart, raising the prospect of more delays and the possible loss of the NBA team, community business and labor leaders said Monday.

Milwaukee area leaders came to the Capitol to make their pitch for the new Bucks arena at a news conference and in private meetings with lawmakers. The financing deal announced last Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker, Republican legislative leaders and Milwaukee officials must be approved by the Legislature and Milwaukee Common Council.

"We need the jobs, the tax revenue and economic vitality this project will create," said Ralph Hollmon, president of the Milwaukee Urban League. "We should view it as an investment in our future."

The plan has come under criticism because it relies on a $250 million contribution from taxpayers, which could grow to $400 million with interest. Current and former owners of the Bucks have committed another $250 million and will cover any cost overruns.

NBA officials could choose to buy the Bucks and relocate the team if there isn't significant progress toward building a new arena by 2017.

Game 2 draws big

Game 2 of the NBA Finals has drawn its highest television rating in more than a decade.

The short-handed Cavaliers overtime victory over the Warriors a 10.5 rating on ABC. That's the best since the Pistons-Lakers series in 2004.

ESPN officials said the nearly 18.8 million viewers were up 26 percent from the 14.9 million for last year's matchup between the Spurs and Heat.

Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned to a program.

Associated Press contributed