He's also yet to pick up any flagrant foul points, which is key because last year's suspension wasn't because of a single incident but rather the accumulation of three, including a groin kick to Kiwi OKC star Steven Adams, that led to him being suspended when he reached four flagrant foul points. The high-level, high-intensity frame featured a flurry of dunks, blocks and just general holy-crap-that-was-awesomeness. He already had the greatest game a rookie could have with 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in 1980 against the 76ers in The Finals, and followed it up with another Finals MVP in 1982. He has deftly faced all the criticism that he bolted the Thunder just to be in position to win a title with the Golden State All-Star Olympic team.
Kyrie Irving (17 points) and Stephen Curry (12 points) were the only other scorers in double digits. Brown has been making the most of this opportunity by leading the Warriors to 10 straight wins and will likely coach for the rest of the NBA Finals.
It's intriguing, though, that Hayward, who obviously has been in the trenches against both teams, ultimately selected the Warriors to win. There was Golden State winning its first title since 1975 when the Warriors bested a short-handed Cavaliers squad missing Irving and Kevin Love on Clevelands home court in 2015. "Can't get caught up in your shot falling or not". The Cavs point guard sinks the free throw to complete the four-point play.
The Warriors have been installed as heavy favorites, largely because of Durant. He drives through the lane uncontested and finishes with a slam.
End of first quarter, 35-30 Warriors: Andre Iguodala beats the first-quarter buzzer with a deep 3-pointer.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - After a summer highlighted by Kevin Durant's decision to leave Oklahoma City for the star-laden Golden State Warriors, a six-month regular season and three rounds of playoffs, the NBA Finals are right back where they ended last June.
"I look at my son being four years removed from driving his own auto and being able to leave the house on his own", James said. The one game the Cavs have lost - Game 3 to Boston - was more a case of James being run-down and ineffective offensively than it had to do with a defensive drop off. With two early fouls, he heads to the bench. "That's just the nature of any competitor", said Warriors forward Draymond Green.
Corey Kluber pitched six shutout innings and struck out 10 in his first start since May 2 and the Cleveland Indians scored four runs during a unusual sixth inning to beat the Oakland Athletics 8-0 Thursday. Acting Warriors coach Mike Brown, speaking Wednesday to ESPN's Michael Wilbon, said Kerr could indeed return as soon as Wednesday for Game 1 but that they wouldn't know until closer to the 9 p.m. ET tip-off. Will he rise to the occasion tonight?