On the strength of 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists from small forward Kevin Durant and 28 to go along with 10 helpers from point guard Stephen Curry, the Warriors fought their way to a 113-89 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California Thursday night.
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and forward Kevin Durant (35) react after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday.
Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday night on the Warriors' home floor.
The teams are meeting in the NBA Finals for an unprecedented third straight year.
The Warriors padded their lead with a pair of two-point hoops, and Curry then buried his consecutive 3-pointers to complete the 13-point run and open a 73-52 advantage. Curry and Draymond Green each connected on one in a 13-1 run that created a 93-69 lead in the final seconds of the period.
The Warriors scored six of the first 10 points in the second quarter, and several of their shots came as a result of hustle pursuit of offensive rebounds, which kept the Cavaliers off-balance on defense.
LeBron James had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland.
The ESPN sports network is also hosting their own Warriors vs Cavaliers live stream at their Watch ESPN website, as well as on the WatchESPN app for mobile devices. Power forward Kevin Love added 15 points and 21 boards with guard Kyrie Irving pouring in 24 points on 10/22 shooting. Cleveland committed 12 of its 20 turnovers in the first half - "20 in the Finals is not going to get it done", Irving said.
The Cavaliers also turned the ball over four more times, giving them 16 to that point of the game. The Cavaliers had 72 points after the third.
The Cavaliers managed to hang within 60-52 at halftime despite committing 12 turnovers and letting the Warriors grab 11 offensive rebounds. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have developed a competitiveness because of their shared supremacy in their respective conference.
Durant had 23 points in the half, while James had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
NOTES: Cavaliers SF LeBron James connected on two 3-pointers, the second of which moved him past SG Reggie Miller (320) for second place on the NBA's all-time postseason list. The Finals feature 11 current or former All-Stars, the most since the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers met in 1983. 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.
"Those are two big household names, so we know you guys and the fans are going to want to see that and pick up on it", said acting Warriors coach Mike Brown, facing a Cleveland franchise that fired him not once but twice. At his State of the National Basketball Association press conference before the game, Silver noted he is in favor of changes in the draft lottery and minimum playing age, but said he is conflicted on the paucity of competitive games this postseason leading into the Finals. Just like I've already mentioned, this is the third consecutive year these two professional National Basketball Association teams are facing off for the championship title.