Warriors' Kevin Durant Wanted To Marry Rihanna When He Was Younger

LeBron James led the way with 28 points with 15 rebounds and eight assists, Kyrie Irving added 24 points while Kevin Love chipped in with 15 points and 21 rebounds.

After almost a week of no basketball action, the NBA returned for the much anticipated Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Finals matchup.

No one knows with certainty what awaits in the NBA Finals, but the Cavaliers are no strangers to adversity and dismal outlooks.

Following the game, which the Cavaliers lost by 22 points, Ri got heckled while trying to exit.

What a dominant NBA Finals opener with the Warriors. Set aside the hyped-up Cavs-Dubs rivalry, constant talk of the trilogy, Part III.

This game, the site of the Warriors' Game 7 humiliation to the Cavaliers a year ago, was supposed to be the first time the Warriors felt any real resistance this postseason. But just wasn't feeling right, just kind of a split decision, just whatever, success or not, it doesn't really matter.

On the flip side, Golden State should strive for more of the same that they got in Game 1.

The teams will meet again in Oakland tomorrow for Game Two of the best-of-seven series. Cleveland hit 11 of their 31 three-point shots, Golden State hit 12 of their 33 (six of which came from Curry). And they'd only turned the ball over one time.

"KD", James said when asked what stood out from Game 1.

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The Cavs committed 20 turnovers compared to just four by the Warriors, who like to play at warp speed. His presence also forced James to work on the defensive end, sapping some needed energy he needs on offense if Cleveland is going to keep up with Golden State. They could post the second-best record in National Basketball Association history when counting the regular season and playoffs, behind only the 1995-96 Bulls.

However, even though the Warriors were picked to win it all past year, the Cavaliers did the unthinkable and came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors takes a shot.

The Warriors never trailed after the game's first eight minutes and led by as many as 10 in the first half before running away in the third quarter.

James had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, the first time in his career he managed a playoff double-double before halftime.

"I'm sure they feel like they could play better but we feel like we can shoot better", Warriors interim coach Mike Brown, filling in for Steve Kerr while he recovers from complications after back surgery, said after watching Golden State shoot 42.5 per cent from the field. "But our defense allowed us to create some momentum until we got our flow".

Thompson is under scrutiny because his offensive production has fallen dramatically during the Warriors' 13-0 run through the playoffs, but he said, "If I score six points a game and it gets us four wins and an National Basketball Association championship, I can do that every year".

Golden State realizes it might not get quite the open lanes and looks that Durant had Thursday as the Cavs try to adjust in the paint, yet the pass-happy Warriors are more than capable of opening up the game in other ways as efficiently as they move the ball.

  • Salvatore Jensen