A 113-91 rout of the Cavaliers was fueled by Durant who finished with 38 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. The Warriors newcomer displayed the reason he chose Golden State last summer on the NBA’s biggest stage Thursday night.
The first quarter favored the Warriors 35-30 as both teams battled back and forth. Draymond Green picked up two early fouls in the first quarter which led to Andre Iguodala as the first Warrior off the bench. It was still Durant and Stephen Curry leading the Warriors in Game 1 as they have done all Playoffs long. Curry finished with 28 points (6-of-11 from three), 10 assists, and six rebounds.
After the first quarter, Cleveland never could get a proper handle on the ball as they would finish the half with 12 turnovers. The advantage laid with Golden State as they went up 60-52 at the half. A few errant passes from Cleveland found its way into the Warriors hands which led to a flurry of fast breaks, in which the Warriors would finish with 27 fast break points. The Cavaliers focused on getting to the three-point shooters however, Golden State finished with 42 points in the paint at the half.
The second half was all Golden State as their biggest lead would reach 24 points.
The Cavaliers were led by none other than James who finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists. The All-Star Forward also finished with a team-high eight turnovers. Cleveland failed to register a steal in Game 1 opposed to the Warriors who finished with 12 steals.
In this post game presser, LeBron was asked what stood out in Game 1. James replied, “KD”.
Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue commented, “They’re the best I ever seen,” when asked about the Warriors performance in Game 1.
The Cavaliers would finish with 20 turnovers while shooting only 35-percent from the field. Again, another advantage for the Warriors who only finished with four turnovers the entire game. The four turnovers tie a record low in NBA Finals history.
As the Cavaliers look forward to Game 2, James was questioned about Sunday’s game. “Just get focused on Game 2,” James said. “We made a lot of mistakes. There’s nothing really needs to be said. We know we’re capable of playing a lot better. We didn’t play as well as we know we’re capable of, so we look forward to the next one.”
The Cavaliers will look for better play from Tristian Thompson who was held scoreless and only finished with four rebounds. Kevin Love finished with 15 points and 21 rebounds while Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points.
Game 2 is in Golden State on Sunday night. Tip-off is at 8 PM EST on ABC.