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

Golden State Warriors rout Cleveland in game one of National Basketball Association finals

Golden State Warriors rout Cleveland in game one of National Basketball Association finals

When the Warriors went out and got Kevin Durant at the end of last season, it was so he could give them the edge in situations just like this. "Because I know what I was doing on the floor and what my job is every night on this team, so I could go to sleep at night pretty proud of the way I was playing".

And that might be just the opening Curry needs to shine brightest again on the big stage after the struggles a year ago, when he shot just 40 percent in the Finals and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26). "That's it, really. The moment is bright right now and you've kind of got to live up to it".

The NBA commissioner commented on how many fans are already considering calling Golden State and Cleveland dynastic franchises in an interview with ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike on Wednesday.

James wound up with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists a day after dealing with bigotry far away from basketball. "We didn't play as well as we know we're capable of, so we look forward to the next one".

"We're going to face adversity, " James said.

The Cavaliers, who entered the series with a 12-1 postseason record, believe they help themselves by allowing the Warriors to get off 20 more shots (106-86), which was equally a product of Golden State's 14 offensive rebounds and Cleveland's 20 turnovers.

The Warriors are gunning for redemption after blowing a 3-1 lead against the Cavs to lose 4-3 in last year's finals. Curry and Draymond Green each connected on one in a 13-1 run that created a 93-69 advantage in the final seconds of the period. Klay Thompson, playing more stellar defense while missing all five of his 3-point tries and scoring just six points, notched his 77th career postseason game to tie Jeff Mullins for most in franchise history. Tyronn Lue said afterwards that it was a little bit of rust and a little bit of the Warriors pressure.

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"It started with myself having some turnovers, especially in the first half". Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 15 points, while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless and to four boards. "Twenty (turnovers) in the Finals, definitely not going to get it done".

He took two fewer shots per game, his scoring average dropped from a league-leading 30.1 to 25.3 and his 46.8 percent shooting was his worst since 2012-13.

"I feel very good about our chances".

NOTES: Cavaliers SF LeBron James connected on two 3-pointers, the second of which moved him past SG Reggie Miller (320) for second place on the NBA's all-time postseason list.

"The best thing about tonight, obviously, was just our defensive presence and effort for 48 minutes", Curry said. The Finals feature 11 current or former All-Stars, the most since the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers met in 1983.

Steve Kerr's side takes a 1-0 series lead into game two on Monday (AEST) before the scene shifts to Cleveland for games three and four.

But the Cavaliers hurt themselves with 20 turnovers, tying an National Basketball Association record for a playoff or Finals game.

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