Warriors defeat Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener


Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks in front of LeBron James during the first half of Game 1.

Curry spoke to the Associated Press and said the approach for Golden State after a Game 1 blowout is simple: just keep playing Warriors basketball.

But with Durant added to a mix that includes fellow All-Stars Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, this year's Warriors proved to be too tough for James and Cleveland to handle in Game 1.

All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning.

"I don't even remember that", Durant said. "That's what you dream about as a kid, is to play at the highest level".

As for stealing elements of each other's game, both admit they have found improvements in their daily routine just watching the other guy go about his business. To recap: The Warriors are so good, so offensively risky, that breaking one of basketball's simplest defensive rules is actually the best way to try to contain them.

Tristan Thompson who was a rebound machine past year in the NBA Finals went missing during game 1. "Just tried to be aggressive to the rim and loosen them up a bit".

"We could be a lot better than we were tonight", Durant said, without a hint of irony. They did it last season.With his big output in Game 1, Durant joined Hall of Famers Rick Barry, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in each of his first six Finals games.Game 2 of the finals will air on Sunday at 6 p.m. MDT."You cannot simulate what they bring to the table no matter how many days you have to prepare".

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"I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled past year, that we saw in the regular season and the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out". They treated sloppiness as an accepted side effect of their fluorescence, a trait so ingrained their best player could not shake it in the biggest moment. "So when he's not shooting the ball, that doesn't take him out of his game, that doesn't lower his confidence".

And, while the Cavs rallied from1-3 down to win last year's crown in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, it is not a hole they want to get into again, especially with the Warriors on a 13-0 run to match the NBA's record playoff win streak. They were able to get out in transition and score easy baskets.

"Effort, effort, yep", Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly.

Not that they're discussing it.

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"He's one of the best offensive rebounders in the league, so they're doing a good job of making sure they get two guys on him, two guys hitting his body to keep him off the glass", Lue said. And it didn't even feel that close.

Cleveland shot 11 for 31 from long range and the Warriors 12 of 33. "He was awesome tonight, and I expect nothing less in the rest of the games". "There's no way you're going to win a game with 20 turnovers against this team and on the road". In Game 4, Green got a technical for kicking James and was suspended for the next game. "You just can't forecast that".

"One of our game plans was kind of backwards", Lue said. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30. She was also there to troll Warriors players and Warriors fans, and pretty much everyone had their eyes on her.

"Our first half was sloppy on the offensive end, we were missing a lot of lay-ups", said Curry. "I had two charges, that's aggression. But we got to do a better job putting the ball in the basket". That's like throwing the ball to Deion Sanders. This time the obstacles are more than the ones of their own creation.