Golden State Warriors rout Cleveland in game one of National Basketball Association finals

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The Warriors are gunning for redemption after blowing a 3-1 lead against the Cavs to lose 4-3 in last year's finals.

The Los Angeles Lakers won 13 straight over the 1988 and 1989 postseasons.

By winning the Eastern Conference Championship with a 135-102 Game 5 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden last Thursday night, the Cavaliers earned the right to face the three-time defending Western Conference Champion Warriors for the National Basketball Association title for the third straight season.

There are at least 15 quarters left in these Finals.

Kevin Durant is up to 30 points, Stephen Curry has 26 and the Warriors lead Cleveland 93-72 with 12 minutes left in regulation.

Green and Thompson are a combined 5 for 21.

James finished with 28 points, 15 boards and eight assists but it wasn't almost enough, especially since he turned the ball over seven times in the first half.

Whatever got said in the Golden State locker room at halftime worked. LeBron lead the Cavs with 13 in the quarter with Irvign adding nine. The lapses were mostly glossed over as the Cavs streaked through the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Kevin Durant and LeBron James put on a show in the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

You can't beat Golden State with that turnover differential.

The lead got as big as 24 but was in double digits from the early portion of the third quarter and never did get back below 12.

Golden State has 61 shots to Cleveland's 43.

Before the Warriors went on a big third quarter run, this looked like it was destined for a close finish. Kerr has been feeling better, however, and the Warriors waited to make an official decision on his availability until Thursday evening.

Welcome back to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant.

On the same floor the Warriors collapsed in last year's Finals, they obliterated the Cavaliers in the opener of the rubber match series on Thursday, 113-90, behind masterpieces from Durant and Steph Curry.

Durant has been showcasing much of his offensive weaponry - dunks, 3-pointers, and backing Kyrie Irving down the lane easily while being fouled. "Obviously being that he's guarding LeBron, he's taking that challenge on".

Curry wound up with 28 points and 10 assists on the night. And he is doing it often.

It started when RiRi allegedly yelled "Brick!" as Durant shot a free throw in the first half.

They still lead Cleveland, 55-45 late in the first half.

This is what fans wanted.

When the Cavs adjusted, Curry started draining treys and scored 14 of his 28 points in the third quarter.

For Golden State, Kevin Durant scored 38 points, dished out eight assists and pulled down eight rebounds. It is unknown if he'll be on the sideline for Game 1. The Cavaliers have made three 3-pointers already, but are 1 for 7 inside the arc.

Oh, he hit from long range, too.

He's still three wins away from that elusive first title, but if the Warriors get it and he continues to play at this kind of level it's going to be very hard for the Durant detractors to suggest he didn't do his part to earn it.

The Warriors largely cruised to the No. 1 seed, then swept through the Western Conference finals.

"It's just a little bit of swelling but has nothing to do with my performance", he said. "I just tried to stay locked in and at the same time have some fun with it". It's just trying to control that.

It all added up to an entertaining but not unexpected Game 1 result.

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

"You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled a year ago, 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", James said.

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.

McGee has emerged as a significant contributor off the bench during the playoffs for the Warriors.

Brown addressed the media pregame and said he hadn't spoken yet to Kerr. The Cavs' Big 3 is awesome, but they'll need help from the bench against Golden State. He underwent a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain. The last time it happened in any major North American team sport came in 1954-56 when Detroit and Montreal squared off in three straight Stanley Cup Finals.

Nobody is under more pressure to perform than Durant, the lone star in the series without a championship ring.

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