Kevin Durant leads Warriors past Cavs in Game 1

His performance dipped dramatically in Game 6 and 7, particularly on the defensive end. "But one game did allow Durant to not only show the Warriors how to beat the Cavaliers in these 2017 NBA Finals, but also shows the Dubs how they should have beat the Cavs past year".

The Cavaliers can level the series by winning Game 2 Sunday before the series shifts to Cleveland for two games next week.

Game One of the NBA Finals was Thursday, but the story eclipsing the big night was one fan in the audience heckling the other team: none other than Rihanna.

Golden State never looked back.

"That's when they become very risky because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense", James said. "That's something that I imagine [head coach Tyronn Lue] probably talked about [with the media] and we can definitely do a better job of".

"We all knew and saw they were very concerned with our 3-point shooters".

The Cavaliers entered the game 12-1 in the postseason.

"We can continue to get better".

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Beyond the turnovers - which stood out in contrast to the Warriors' record-low four - it was nearly laughable at times how the Cavaliers abandoned the paint defensively as they tried to avoid getting killed by the Warriors 3-point shooting.

Durant had six dunks, all in the first half.

Yeah, any time anything happened to them, from whatever angle for whatever reason, they took care of it because they were that much better than anyone else.

The Warriors matched an NBA Finals record low with only four turnovers.

The next step for the Cavaliers will be to figure out how to defend Golden State.

"We could be a lot better than we were tonight", Durant said, without a hint of irony. They can shoot the ball from the perimeter; they can get into the paint.

Cleveland was held to just 34.9 percent shooting in the first meeting.

They've won 28 of their past 29 games.

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Can the Cavs actually come back to beat the Warriors and win their second straight championship? Lue in his postgame news conference conceded it was a bad strategy. I'd rather remember it as the "Rihanna Dab" game.

There's a chance that Steve Kerr will make his return to the series for Game 2 on Sunday night, but we likely won't know till closer to Sunday. Rihanna, a longtime super fan of LeBron James, got into the spirit of the game by bowing to King James and then pettily dabbing on a Dubs fan.

We haven't seen anything from Rihanna chiming in on the so-called stare down.

So here comes Game 1 in the rematch of the rematch everyone wanted and anticipated. He played only 22 minutes. Despite a 59-50 rebounding edge, Lue was frustrated with the 14 offensive boards the Warriors had. We're in it with you. That can not happen, even if Kevin Love wound up grabbing 21 rebounds, 16 defensive.

"I think it's part of the reason people enjoy watching us play". You are talking one of the best players in the game.

Thompson's a crucial player in this series - I wrote before the series he was more important than Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving.

James had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, the first time in his career he managed a playoff double-double before halftime.

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