Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

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Klay Thompson's shooting woes worsened, Draymond Green didn't score until late in the third quarter, Zaza Pachulia led a brigade of first-half missed layups, but the Warriors, while not ideal, were still dominant in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, blasting the Cavaliers 113-91 on Thursday night in Oracle.

OAKLAND-Let's do a little NBA Finals zen analysis: Warriors acting coach Mike Brown's best move of the Warriors' dominant Game 1 victory over Cleveland on Thursday was that he didn't make any obvious new moves at all. He finished 2-for-6 from deep and will need to cut down on the turnovers if the Cavaliers are going to have any chance of competing in this series.

James wound up with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in a statistically fine evening of play that you know James won't be celebrating. And on Thursday, they both effectively shot under 50 percent. Durant had 38 points, and a lot of them were easy dunks. "Just go out there and hoop", Durant said in his post-game press conference.

With his big output in Game 1, Durant joined Hall of Famers Rick Barry, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in each of his first six Finals games. On the other hand, the Cavaliers added lethal perimeter shooting to their arsenal mid-season with the acquisition of Kyle Korver and Deron Williams to supplement their offensive juggernaut spearheaded by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. "And I expect nothing less out of him, being the competitor that he is". "Don't get into that trap", he warned Durant. They lost Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals by 15 and got walloped by 33 in Game 2 before winning four of the next six games to claim the championship.

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Warriors forward Draymond Green said the experience of a third consecutive Finals made his team more accustomed to the sport's biggest stage. The Warriors outscored the Cavs 42-16 in the paint in the first half.

"I mean, it's no ifs, ands or buts". Meaning they don't have to dig too deeply to understand what they have to correct for Game 2.

However, he was very sarcastic when a reporter asked how well Golden State was playing and if they're undefeated playoff record (13-0) reflected how good they are right now.

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