Warriors humble Cavaliers then warn best yet to come

Warriors humble Cavaliers then warn best yet to come

Warriors humble Cavaliers then warn best yet to come

The Golden State Warriors cruised to a blowout 113-91 win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The best-of-seven series will be held in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, with the Warriors hosting the first two games at the Oracle Arena in San Francisco, with the next two away at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Durant also did a good job defensively in his 1-on-1 matchups with James, who still managed 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists but also turned the ball over eight times.

"Picking my spots, being assertive, as I mentioned, and just filling in the gaps where we know that 'Bron, being our leader, and Kyrie are going to be special", he said.

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"We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us", he said. Before Game 1, the sports book at the Westgate Las Vegas had the Warriors at -260 favorites (bet $260 to win $100). He easily won his head-to-head battle with LeBron, using his superior agility to create better scoring chances. Cleveland committed 12 of its 20 turnovers in the first half - "20 in the Finals is not going to get it done", Irving said. And even when they stopped him in the paint, Durant was able to find a pass.

The Warriors are 12-0 in these playoffs, becoming the first National Basketball Association team to accomplish the feat, and the Cavaliers are 12-1.

"It's definitely unique", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said.

Kyrie Irving, who hit the deciding 3-pointer with Curry's hand in his face last June as Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win the city's first major team title in 52 years, scored 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting. He took that load on and responded in style on Thursday, posting a game-high 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the night. Otherwise, the most they could pay Durant is 120 percent of his salary this season, which comes out to just under $32 million. Klay Thompson was absent in offence, managing just 3 of 16 from the field and 0-5 from outside the arc.

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Warriors' Draymond Green, center, dunks during the second half.

Role players Tristan Thompson (offensive rebounding, pick & roll defence), J.R. Smith (three-point shooting, perimeter defence), Iman Shumpert (defence) and veterans Kyle Korver (dedicated three-point shooting), Channing Frye (three point-shooting big) and Richard Jefferson (experience) have also stepped up for the defending champions. He's not there to score heaps of points, but the Cavs needed something from him and he was anonymous.

The Warriors pursued him to ensure that they didn't have a repeat of what happened previous year, when Cleveland stormed back from that 3-1 deficit behind a trio of spectacular performances from James and Irving to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy here. "But I think we got a great group of guys, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it". At a ideal 12-0 this postseason, the Warriors are the first team in NBA history to enter the NBA Finals without a single loss.But the pursuit of a title should be any athlete's ultimate goal, and however you can do it you should.Cavaliers-Warriors Part III of their NBA Finals trilogy has begun and Golden State guard Stephen Curry is wearing a sleeve on his right arm in Game 1.It would be premature to write off the Cavaliers just yet."So I just tried to stay locked in on that". The Cavs had a very poor night, and were outplayed tactically and technically, but with a three-day break to Game 2, you can be sure that they'll revisit how they approach the Dubs, in particular Durant.

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