Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Durant buries Cavs in opener

And when Durant and Curry both sat, the Cavs were unable to capitalize; Golden State outscored Cleveland by two points in those crucial moments.

"You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled past year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out", James said. It is what it is.

He's still three wins away from that elusive first title, but if the Warriors get it and he continues to play at this kind of level it's going to be very hard for the Durant detractors to suggest he didn't do his part to earn it.

"But that's what stands out".

This marks the first time in National Basketball Association history the same two teams played in three straight Finals and just the fourth time it has happened in the four major sports leagues.

The Warriors finished with a 113-90 win behind big games from Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

Late in the game, Durant drilled a three-pointer and before the ball hit the floor, he turned toward Rihanna and gave her a little stare down.

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"At the end of the day", Brown said, "it's just going to come down to who is the better team and who wants it more and who limits mistakes". "So definitely a lot of things we can correct and get better at". To have a game like that when he's playing that way, it's tough to beat.

In his first NBA Finals game for the Warriors, Durant was nothing short of spectacular. "Are you kidding me?" "I think we just locked in from the second quarter on". That helped the Warriors take 20 more shots than the Cavs.

The Cavaliers also surrendered 14 offensive rebounds, fueling 14 second-chance points by the Warriors.

Game 2 in the series is Sunday back at Oracle Arena with its deafening sellout crowd.

LeBron James had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland. "And I expect nothing less out of him, being the competitor that he is".

Durant had six dunks in the first half alone to match his most ever in a game, Curry hit six 3-pointers and the Cavaliers looked like the team that stumbled down the stretch in the second half of the season. Curry shot just 40 percent in the Finals a year ago and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26) as he nursed injuries to his knee and ankle. "They're going to make tough shots, they're a talented team, they have two of the best scorer's in the league, so you got to just keep pressing, sticking to the game plan, but focus what's in front of you. We have been here before and know there's a lot of work left to do". "And he's chasing Kyrie (Irving) around pick and roll action, pin-down action, iso action and transition and you're not going to stop Kyrie".

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