NBA Finals Game 1: Warriors lead 60-52 at the half
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 0:08
"When Kevin Durant has the ball you don't want to leave him for [other] shooters". And he is doing it often. He has 17 points. He won't get six dunks in the first half of another game.
This is what fans wanted.
The duo powered Golden State to a dominant 113-91 win over Cleveland in game one of the deciding series yesterday.
Warriors team-mate Steph Curry - who had a double-double in the Finals opener - stepped in by saying, "Don't get into that trap" in defence of Durant.
Stephen Curry did his share by scoring 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this sure-to-be thrilling trilogy began, a long-expected, spectacular grand finale envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join the loaded Warriors.
Draymond Green picked up two fouls in the first 4-1/2 minutes.
Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer to end the first quarter gave the Warriors a 35-30 lead and Golden State stretched it to 60-52 at half-time.
Oh, he hit from long range, too.
Curry started wearing the black sleeve in Game 4 of the Western Conference final after a fall the previous game led to a flare up of bursitis.
"It's just a little bit of swelling but has nothing to do with my performance", he said. So I don't really think about it much.
"I'm just trying to be the best me I can be".
"When he's going, he makes their team a lot better", Green said, "so it is my job to try to take him out of the game".
Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. Cleveland lost the turnover battle, punted the transition game, and never seemed terribly interested in keeping Golden State away from the offensive glass. They were up 3-1. You can listen to Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers live streaming of 2017 NBA Finals by signing up with a one-time payment of $9.99. "But it was a reward because when you set out a goal and you're able to achieve that reward or achieve that goal, like all of us, then it's rewarding", said James, the leading scorer in these playoffs averaging 32.5 points. "That's the formula for us", Curry said. "It's going to get harder and harder as we go when the stakes rise, but you have to stay focused".
Not to the Cleveland Cavaliers - but to Shaquille O'Neal. Their four turnovers relative to 31 assists is the stuff of basketball myth. And no matter how many times the Cavs forced Curry to defend this kind of action, the Warriors could always moderate his usage through Durant.
McGee has emerged as a significant contributor off the bench during the playoffs for the Warriors.
This is not the same Warriors team from the last 2 NBA Finals.
Brown addressed the media pregame on Thursday and said he hadn't yet spoken to Kerr.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, when asked after the game how well the Warriors are playing, said "They're the best I ever seen" but knows his team have more to offer. They felt the way the Cavs did the previous year.
The Warriors made the flawless start after becoming the first side in history to enter the finals with a 12-0 record. Say what? Did they not watch the game or check the box score?
Rihanna's appearance at Game 1 of the NBA Finals to throw shade at Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors has added a necessary wrinkle to a trilogy finale that feels as disappointing as the third Matrix movie.
In NBA history, no team has won more games in a three-year span. She was wearing her usual Golden State themed sweater. In all, 11 players in the series have been All-Stars in their careers, tying the 1983 Finals between Philadelphia and the Lakers for the most in National Basketball Association history.