Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Warriors Blow Out Cavaliers 113-91 In Game 1 Of NBA Finals

Warriors Blow Out Cavaliers 113-91 In Game 1 Of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors dismantled the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Durant had 38 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, as the Warriors led by as many as 23 and finished with a 113-91 win in Game 1 in Oakland. LeBron had eight turnovers alone. We know we're capable of playing a lot better.

"I know we will play better".

There's little doubt Cleveland can play better than it did in Game 1. Turnovers were also a significant issue for Cleveland, who committed 20 as a team to just four for Golden State.

"When you turn the ball over, that's when they become very risky because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense", James said. Instead, they now feel like a group equipped to try to take down the Warriors in a shootout, rather than knock them out in a slugfest. Warriors coach Steve Kerr attended the game, met with commissioner Adam Silver, and stayed behind the scenes while continuing to deal with spinal-fluid issues.

Their good news? The reasons they lost were pretty clear. "They're going to make tough shots, so you've got to just keep pressing, sticking to the game plan but focus what's in front of you". They still have a deep lineup, but now the Cavs have brought in some other players to compete. You got to really get out here and get a chance to do it firsthand.

That certainly is what the Cavaliers are going to have to hope is the case after the drubbing they received Thursday.

It was the third straight time the Cavs fell down 0-1 to the Warriors in the Finals and dropped James' career Finals record to 1-7 in Game 1. Kyrie Irving followed his own three-pointer with a layup 41 seconds later to give Cleveland a 12-8 lead with 7:11 remaining in the opening frame, but that would turn out to be their largest advantage of the entire night.

It underscores the difficulty of the proposition facing Cleveland now.

Adding Kevin Durant to Warriors-Cavaliers III, based on this one small sample, is what it might have been like dropping Tony Montana into "Godfather III".

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Against the Warriors defense, that's like saying you can eat as many desserts as you want but limit the calories.

Midseason acquisitions Deron Williams and Kyle Korver missed all seven shots they took and failed to score. He also stared her down after making a three-pointer a few minutes later. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense.

The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers just got a rude awakening in Oakland.

"I'm only as good as my teammates", Durant said.

That means the Cavs can't remodel themselves overnight the way Durant spent the whole season deprogramming himself of those ball-stopping tendencies he developed alongside Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder. "They got downhill, got to the spots where they wanted to go", forward Kevin Love said. "That's when they become very risky because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense".

"We made a lot of mistakes".

Warriors: Steve Kerr had hoped to feel well enough to return to the bench but stayed behind the scenes in the locker room as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery almost two years ago.

Cleveland turned the ball over 20 times.

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