Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 2:22
Fellow superstar Stephen Curry scored 28 points for the Warriors, who their extended their flawless playoffs streak this season to 13-0, an National Basketball Association record.
The Cleveland Cavaliers got exactly what they expected when taking on the Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Thursday night.
The pair overshadowed Cavs megastar LeBron James (28 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists), who neared a triple-double but also committed eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers. "So we just got to continue to play great team defense". The Cleveland Cavaliers took out the Boston Celtics in five games and Golden State Warriors won four straight, and still haven't lost a playoff game this postseason.
The Cavaliers, playing their first game in almost a week, denied rust was a factor in Thursday's 113-91 loss and simply tipped their cap to a talent-rich Warriors team that have won all 13 of their playoff games this year.
The Warriors led by eight at the half, the lead eventually ballooned to 24 and Durant finished with 38 points on 14-for-26 shooting in 37 minutes, with zero turnovers while adding eight rebounds and eight assists. 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."I wear the number  because of Mike", said James after their 135-102 blowout last Monday night.Before the game, I'd ranked the 30 players in the finals. "We have four wins left, we have to do whatever we can to get them". This year's NBA Finals will break the tie after the 2015 and 2016 titles went to Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cleveland, respectively.
Durant is the obvious difference between the Warriors the Cavs dethroned a year ago and the team that overwhelmed the Cavaliers in Game 1.
Off Cleveland's bench, Richard Jefferson went 3-of-6 from the field for nine points, but Cleveland's remaining reserves shot a combined 3-of-18 in the loss.
All season long, Kevin Durant received nonstop criticism for joining the Golden State Warriors and essentially hopping on their bandwagon. "And he's chasing Kyrie (Irving) around pick and roll action, pin-down action, iso action and transition and you're not going to stop Kyrie". Joining LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. "Going into Game 2 we'll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end". That opened up opportunities for Steph Curry to do Steph Curry things - a nice little payback for all the opportunities Curry creates for KD and others with his own gravity. Draymond Green admitted so after the Game 1 victory, telling the NBA TV crew that after coming off a championship and building a 3-1 lead, they expected to win. "We didn't play as well as we know we're capable of, so we look forward to the next one".
"We made a lot of mistakes", said LeBron.
He added: "I mean, no other team has done this, right?".
"Yeah, I won't get into that", Durant said, laughing. You're not going to see us getting ahead of ourselves.
"Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals", guard Iman Shumpert said. I hope I'm wrong because an actual fun playoff series would be nice, but I'm not too optimistic after a boring first game.