Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91

The one play that was a microcosm of this game occurred in the first half when Durant grabbed the rebound and pushed the ball - all the while his eyes on Curry on the left side hoping LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would bite.

The pair overshadowed Cavs megastar LeBron James (28 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists), who neared a triple-double but also committed eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers.

This is true, but James also just flat-out got beat on plays.

James continued: "You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled past year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out".

The 7-footer finished with 23 points in the first half and scored a game-high to go along with 8 boards and 8 assists.

"I think they're the prohibitive favorite", ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said.

"We feel like we can play much better, especially offensively, just finishing better around the rim", Curry said. The Warriors' best lineup against the Cavaliers probably has both players on the floor at the same time, with Iguodala on James and Thompson defending Irving, so Thompson said he doesn't get caught up in whether his shot is falling. And the only win was in 2011, his first Finals game as a member of the Heat.

Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr had hoped to feel well enough to return to the bench but stayed behind the scenes in the locker room as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery almost two years ago. Last year, they became the first team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals. He wound up with 24 points on 10-22 shooting.

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"I'm proud having done this - winning the championship without losing and winning seven FA Cups ", Wenger said. I don't think I could have done much more this season, it is the coach's decision and you have to respect that.

It was a collective effort to keep Cleveland pinned and pained and, after spotting them 30 points in the first quarter, the Warriors didn't allow more than 22 in any of the final three.

Silver says that "from a league standpoint, you always want to see great competition".

The Cavs, meanwhile, had 20 turnovers, eight coming from LeBron James.

"We're playing a great team, we're playing the champs". Durant quickly shot that narrative down, as he initiated a lot of the Warriors' offense in Game 1 and was the primary option in each set ran.

"Our first half was sloppy on the offensive end, we were missing a lot of lay-ups", said Curry.

The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers just got a rude awakening in Oakland.

"You're not going to see insane celebrations, you're not going to see us getting ahead of ourselves". And yet another Durant hammer job through a wide-open gap, giving the Warriors a 55-45 lead.

But in Game 1, the Warriors had more second-chance points - 18 to 13 - and won the turnover battle by a 20-4 margin. Yet they are the decided underdog according to both in this historic series, as it will be the first time in National Basketball Association history two teams have faced each other in the Finals three consecutive seasons. Look no further than Durant to discover what makes this third championship meeting between the Cavs and Warriors different from the previous two. I would rather have him like this than like he was going into the last Final. Some questioned if the pressure of the Finals would be too much for him.

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