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The Cavs and Warriors gave us the first half we’ve all wanted in Game 2

Cleveland’s down 3, but they came out swinging and have brought it after dropping Game 1 by 22.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Two Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

If the Warriors’ 22-point beatdown of the Cavaliers in Game 1 sapped your energy for the rest of the series, the first half of Game 2 should have been the jolt you needed to get through this showdown.

Why? We just witnessed an incredible two quarters of basketball that showed the strengths of both teams competing for a championship.

LeBron James picked up a double double in the first half alone, posting 18 points (8-of-12 shooting), 10 assists and 6 rebounds to only three turnovers. Even if he turns it over four more times, James will finish with fewer giveaways than he did in Game 1.

Oh, and he gave us this emphatic flush to enjoy in the first quarter.

Kevin Durant was equally impressive, pouring on 15 points (6-of-11 shooting) and seven rebounds. He did on the defensive end, too, picking up three blocks and three steals in the first half.

The Cavaliers needed their others to pick it up in Game 2 and they got it.

After shooting just 4-of-13 in Game 1, Kevin Love’s responded with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting here in the second go-round. He had his way with Durant early, forcing the switch on screens and using his strength advantage wisely.

In fact, the Cavaliers got 19 first-half points out of their bench, led by six from both Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver, and five from Richard Jefferson.

But the Warriors are still up three at the half, in part from Klay Thompson’s bounce back after a rough Game 1. After shooting just 3-of-16 in the first game, Thompson’s got 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, along with the tough defensive effort that caught attention in Game 1.

If you’re a fan of fast basketball, Game 2 was tailor-made just for you. The Warriors scored 40 points on 32 possessions, while the Cavaliers scored 34 points on 31 trips. In all, we’re on pace to see both teams score more than 125 points.

This first half of Game 2 should have you salivating for the second. Let’s hope it lives up to the hype.