Rihanna star of NBA finals opener

This NBA Finals, albeit only 1 game in, is following a similar script to last year's.

With the Oakland Raiders just across the bay from where the Golden State Warriors play their home games, it's only natural that numerous team's players have shown up in support of their fellow Bay Area team. They led Cleveland in second-chance points, too, 12-5.

Add in the fact the Cavaliers committed 20 turnovers - James had eight - and it's easy to see why the game went off the rails for Cleveland.

While Durant bodied the Cavs on the court, becoming only the second player in National Basketball Association history to record 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in game one of the finals, the four time MVP was having has limelight stolen by Rihanna.

Kerr has spoken to the team in the locker room at times before games and at half-time while absent from the bench decisions during games.

The Golden State Warriors continue their unabashed dominance in the NBA Finals with a convincing 113-90 Game 1 win over their rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, LeBron James has lost Game 1 in each of his last five Finals, going on to win the series three times.

LeBron James acknowledged that Durant is the difference between this series and 2016. "But we can play better".

"I know the union is also open to discussing possibly spreading out the season a little bit more", he said on Thursday.

Though all eyes were on her as she sat courtside, Rihanna's focused remained on the game.

Before looking to Game 2 coming up on Monday, here's a look at some of the best images from last night's encounter.

But after winning the first two games a year ago before blowing the 3-1 lead, the Warriors aren't about to get ahead of themselves even if Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called them "the best I ever seen". If not, they'll have to take care of impending free agents Durant and Stephen Curry before thinking about Thompson's future.

"They came out, (Kevin Durant) hits a big three, Steph (Curry) hits a big three, and then they go on a run and it goes from eight to 16 in a matter of literally a two-minute span", Kyrie Irving said.

  • Julie Sanders