Warriors withstand James’ 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1

Warriors withstand James’ 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1

"Durant is perceived as the No. 1 option and won it a year ago, so it makes sense for him to be favored".

George Hill made the first of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left after being fouled by Klay Thompson, but when JR Smith secured the rebound of the second, he dribbled back towards half-court instead of shooting, apparently thinking the Cavaliers had a lead. Hill hit the first shot to tie the game but missed the second.

Steve Politi: I'm not quite ready to anoint the Warriors just yet, but given the way the Cavaliers struggle on defense - they were ranked in the bottom two during the regular season - it's hard to see them slowing down Curry, Durant and Co. His pass was nearly picked off, but J.R. Smith's gamble turned out to be ill-advised.

After the game, though, the veteran claimed he was aware of the situation.

"I always go for the team that won before will win again, until someone takes it from them", said Bowen.

"He thought we were up one", Lue said. But it was only a few short weeks ago that I would have predicted a Warriors sweep over the Cavs in the Finals. "Clearly that wasn't the case".

Here are the five things the Cavs have to do to compete in the 2018 NBA Finals, and how the Warriors can shut those strategies down.

The final minute was marred with controversy as the visitors were incensed by a huge call made by the referees down the stretch.

Messi grabs hat-trick as Argentina canter to 4-0 win
Asked if Argentina could win the World Cup , Messi swerved between hope and realism. "We have players with talent and experience. Argentina has been allotted a place in a competitive Group D alongside the likes of Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

So when Curry put up a desperation heave with less than a second left in the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, plenty of gamblers took notice. "I saw the drive, I was outside the charge line, I stepped in, took the contact". Smith would have been best served hugging Curry to make sure no shot got off.

Two of the game's biggest stars, yapping at each other like they were playing in the schoolyard, rather than in front of an audience of millions, was a spectacle.

"If you are defensive rebounding you are limiting somebody else's shots".

He now ties Jerry West for the most 40-point games in a single postseason.

Curry was the catalyst to the Warriors' third-quarter outburst in Game 7 with 14 of Golden State's 33 points. Durant scored 26 points.

In overtime, the defending champion Warriors eased away from the Cavs, who had entered the game as massive underdogs.

ESPN.com: "Why Round 4 of Warriors-Cavs deserves our appreciation" - "It has been in the back of everyone's mind all season - this feeling that this National Basketball Association season would end up right back where the past three have, in Oakland and Cleveland, with the best team of its generation going another round against the best player of his generation".

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