Kevin Durrant leads the way as Golden State Warriors take Game 1

The teams are back at the Oracle Arena again on Sunday for the second match in the best-of-seven match series, before the action heads to OH for two games. With at least three games left, it's time for the Cleveland Cavaliers to rally and put forth a better effort to prevent the Warriors from doing what they've done all playoffs: sweep their opponent. According to ESPN, he had never had more than four dunks in the 101 playoffs games he had played to that point. Or maybe it was just the dream. We'll have our answers after the best-of-seven games series. It was nothing short of a drubbing.

Durant torched the Cavs for 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the lop-sided victory, while Curry also starred with 28 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. The quarter finished with Golden State leading 35-30. "We had a good enough team where if we played well, normally it just took care of itself", McHale said.

It helps, says Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams, that there's a tight knit coaching staff to help Brown, along with a roster of very smart players. We know we're capable of playing a lot better. Cleveland's championship banner doesn't include a notation of Curry's status, no more than the Warriors' 2015 banner mentions that it came in the absence of Love and Irving.

Curry signed a four-year $44 million contract with the Golden State Warriors, including $44 million guaranteed and an annual average salary of $11 million.

"You can't expect us to just say 'oh we're a great team on paper together and it's just going to happen.' You know, we got to go out there and try and take it".

That series turned when Green was suspended for Game 5 and James and Kyrie Irving took over from there.

Despite the loss, Cleveland's LeBron James created a bit of history by surpassing Reggie Miller to go second on the list of three-pointers made in the play-offs. Durant got so much air.

Here are three things we learned from the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Cavs.

For the Cavaliers, it was a return to the site of their greatest triumph.

Cleveland lost Game 1 and Game 2 a year ago which may or may not prove to be a good omen.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks. They are 12-0 so far and have the highest point differential of any team entering the finals. The Cavaliers had 72 points after the third. The Warriors could be the best team that the National Basketball Association has ever seen in the playoffs. When the Cavaliers adjusted at halftime and committed to crowding the paint, it meant Curry had open 3-pointers.

However, it's not like the Warriors can't keep up with Cleveland's firepower, given their roster of snipers. Midway through the first round, coach Steve Kerr stepped away from his day-to-day duties to deal with continuing medical problems.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the Warriors' playoff run is their defence.

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