LeBron: Durant the difference between Cavs and Warriors

Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors trilogy brought in the ratings for ABC, a 12.4 overnight rating, but compared to the last two NBA Finals which involved the same two teams, the number was down.

Forget about the action on the court during Thursday night's opening game of the NBA Finals, did you catch what Rihanna was up to?

This marks the first time in National Basketball Association history the same two teams played in three straight Finals and just the fourth time it has happened in the four major sports leagues. Everything the singer did while she watched the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors was given play-by-play coverage.

Once his night was finally done, Durant found mother Wanda at the end of the Warriors bench and held her in a warm embrace. "No matter how many days that you have to prepare, you can't simulate what they have".

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Durant led the way with a game-high 38 points as the Warriors drew first blood against reigning champions the Cavaliers, winning 113-91 on Thursday. "I'm sure LeBron probably thinks he could play better, and you tip your hat off to KD".

Warriors starting center Zaza Pachulia returned after missing the final two games at San Antonio with a bruised right heel and contributed eight points and six rebounds. Let's just say that Durant wasn't amused."I don't even remember that", Durant said. "We have been here before and know there's a lot of work left to do".

"Give Klay Thompson a ton of credit because he's out there fighting over screens, getting hit, trying to contest, trying to rebound, trying to do it all for us defensively". Golden State will try to keep him in check with Draymond Green, one of the league's best and most versatile defenders.

"A lot of us have been through both sides of a championship run and a Finals", Curry said.

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The Cavaliers entered the game 12-1 in the postseason. The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory. "We had a pretty - good idea that it was gonna be Cleveland. Are you kidding me?"

NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn't in top shape last June.

Curry sported a fresh haircut for the occasion and the two-time reigning MVP initially wore a black sleeve on his shooting arm to protect a tender elbow that still had some swelling, but he quickly removed it and found his stroke. There's nothing that really needs to be said.

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