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Kevin Love grabbed a 21 rebounds to complement 15 points, and Kyrie Irving had 24 points for Cleveland, which was held to 34.9 percent shooting.

"We feel like we can play much better, especially offensively, just finishing better around the rim", Curry said.

LeBron added that it's great to get the first game "underneath us".

Both teams watched film Friday but did not practice.

The Cavs will certainly need to figure out their defense if they want to have a remote chance at tying the series in Game 2, let alone a chance at winning the series against the favored Warriors.

Part of the problem is Cleveland also has to defend against Golden State's superlative long-range, three-point shooters as well.

Beyond the turnovers - which stood out in contrast to the Warriors' record-low four - it was nearly laughable at times how the Cavaliers abandoned the paint defensively as they tried to avoid getting killed by the Warriors 3-point shooting. J.R. Smith made a 3-pointer a minute and a half into the game, then he and fellow starter Tristan Thompson were scoreless the rest of the way.

"I'm sure they feel like they could play better but we feel like we can shoot better", Brown said. "They capitalized. And we get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in game two".

How did the Warriors end up with a blowout victory despite two of its four best players essentially no-showing?

Kevin Durant tied his 2017 playoff high with 38 points for the Warriors and Stephen Curry added 28 points and 10 assists. Kudos to him because we learned earlier in the broadcast, courtesy of ABC announcer Jeff Van Gundy, that Rihanna is pretty good at distracting people. "But the ball is the number one thing". The Cavs turned the ball over 20 times and surrendered 14 offensive rebounds, which allowed Golden State to finish the game with 20 more field goal attempts than Cleveland.

Thompson, who has, for him, struggled throughout the playoffs, expects the Cavs to to try to protect the rim in Game 2 (Golden State scored 56 points in the paint).

  • Arturo Norris