Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91
02:22, Jun 3, 2017
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Curry, who had 10 assists, sparkled in the third quarter, his 3-pointers capping a 13-0 run to start the second half that produced a 73-52 lead.
And yet: During their romp through the Eastern Conference, the Cavs never experienced a defense as intense as the Warriors' and it shook them.
Another disappointing Game 1 for LeBron: LeBron James has been to eight Finals, and seven times his teams have lost Game 1.
But a look inside the numbers shows that Cleveland and Golden State both need to correct some things in the second half.
Part of the problem is Cleveland also has to defend against Golden State's superlative long-range, three-point shooters as well. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were phenomenal on the defensive end.
The Warriors meet with the media following their Game 1 triumph. And the Warriors hold distinct match-up advantages over the Cavaliers despite the singular brilliance of LeBron James, the world's best player.
The Warriors now hold a 1-0 series lead over the defending National Basketball Association champion Cavaliers.
Durant has been showcasing much of his offensive weaponry - dunks, 3-pointers, and backing Kyrie Irving down the lane easily while being fouled.
And then this - Cleveland had nine fast-break points. Kyrie Irving contributed 24 points while Love added 15 points and 21 rebounds.
Kevin Durant can dunk.
Durant has six dunks in the first 20 minutes of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and his Warriors have 38 of their first 55 points inside the paint. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 117.9 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting. But for them to have a realistic chance, he may also need Durant to play worse, and after making a decision that brought upon him the scorn of the sports world, Durant shows no sign of letting up, nor do any of the Warriors after their 3-1 catastrophe a year ago.
"Win one game. Now we look to Sunday to try to do it again", Curry said.
But in Game 1, only one storyline mattered: These 2017 Finals might turn out to be Durant's career-defining series, on his way to the first championship in his career.
The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. They broke the game open and did what they wanted. Cleveland shut down Indiana's Paul George, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Boston's Isaiah Thomas before he went down with a hip injury on the way to a 12-1 postseason record. Stephen Curry is averaging 28.5 points and 5.9 assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds. "It doesn't hurt or anything like that".
In a tweet, Cue wrote "Nothing but love for Rihanna (and KD, too!) As usual I was excited about our lead and actually talking to Marissa, 8 seats to my right". It's just trying to control that. Miami went on to lose that series to Dallas in six games. Even the two-time reigning NBA MVP wasn't immune. Warriors coach Steve Kerr attended the game, met with commissioner Adam Silver, and stayed behind the scenes while continuing to deal with spinal-fluid issues. In fact the loss was number seven in eight Finals openers. If they were talking to each other during the first half, it was either an inaudible whisper or something like, "I'm outta here".
"There's no way you can simulate the Warriors' offense", said Cavs guard Kyrie Irving.
If you have the Warriors' shooters, and you get 20 more attempts than your opponent, it is going to be hard to lose.
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