Durant, Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

03 June, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena

By night's end the Cavs turnover total was up to 20, the Warriors a Finals-record tying four.

James, seeking his fourth National Basketball Association title, led the scoring for the Cavs with 28 and Kyrie Irving managed 24 - but the defending champions were far from their best and suffered heavily with turnovers, tying a play-off record with 20 giveaways.

Cleveland got its usual strong performance from James, who put up 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense. The Warriors are 0 for 4 from long range.

The Cavs have been here before, facing an uphill climb against the Warriors in the Finals.

LeBron James hailed the impact of Kevin Durant after the Golden State Warriors star dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals opener.

"Just to be themselves and do what they have done throughout the course of the season, throughout the course of the last couple years". He was the best player on the floor in Game 1 by a wide margin, outdueling LeBron, who finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists but had eight turnovers in 40 minutes and was a -22 on the floor.

"We could be a lot better than we were tonight", Durant said.

"Obviously what we went through the last two years, you learn from that and you grow", he told reporters.

"When you're playing a good team like this, you can't give them 20 more shots than you have", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

"When Kevin Durant has the ball, you don't want to leave him and get to shooters", Lue said.

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When she made her grand entrance towards the beginning of the game, ESPN/ABC commentator Jeff Van Gundy couldn't believe his eyes as he exclaimed: 'I don't about this, but Rihanna just walked in front of me. "So definitely a lot of things we can correct and get better at".

The two teams will now have two days off to digest this one before Game 2 on Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT here in Oakland. From there, the Finals go 1-1-1 - with Game 5 on June 12 in Oakland, Game 6 on Thursday night back at The Q and Game 7 the following Sunday night, June 18, on the West Coast, if necessary. This time, it was James with a team that just wasn't on the same level as Durant's dominant squad.

"We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us", he said.

"We can play better". Durant had made only one Finals, in 2012, which he lost in five games to James's Miami Heat.

Curry sported a fresh haircut for the occasion and the two-time reigning MVP initially wore a black sleeve on his shooting arm to protect a tender elbow that still had some swelling, but he quickly removed it and found his stroke.

"No other team has done this, right?"

Last year, the Warriors earned the dubious distinction of being the first team to lose the best-of-seven series after leading 3-1. He played a central role in Golden State's Christmas Day collapse, and he sparked the biggest controversy of the Warriors' season by being overly self-reliant during a late-game meltdown against Memphis in January.

LeBron added that it's great to get the first game "underneath us".

The Warriors arguably could have repeated as champions previous year if it weren't for Green's suspension in Game 5, or shooting slumps from Curry and Klay Thompson in the series. "My heart goes out to him", NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

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