The Golden State Warriors asserted their dominance over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals, handing Cleveland its first road loss of the playoffs with a 113-91 result.
Can’t wait for Rihanna to co-ordinate a tifo of LeBron dunking Durant into a bin when the Cavs welcome the Warriors to the Quicken Loans Arena for game three, next Thursday. “That’s the formula for us”, Curry said. “It’s going to get harder and harder as we go when the stakes rise, but you have to stay focused“.
The worse news for the Cavaliers and star playmaker LeBron James was that it wasn’t even the best effort for an undefeated squad whose 13-0 playoff win streak matches the longest in National Basketball Association playoff history. Although, on a night where Durant and Curry were pushing all the right buttons, that didn’t factor into the final outcome very heavily.
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. That allowed Golden State to set an NBA Finals record with an astounding 31-4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
When asked what was different about the Warriors compared to their two previous Finals, James was succinct.
“The best thing about tonight, obviously, was just our defensive presence and effort for 48 minutes”, Curry said. Irving added 24 points and 3 assist and Love chipped in with 15 points and 21 rebounds. “Steve just said it to our guys at the end of the game: We had a formula, and our guys did a nice job trying to follow it”.
LeBron James had a simple explanation for what stood out in Game 1 of the NBA Finals: KD. Golden State was simply too much offensively for Cleveland. Durant unleashed the fury of nine years with no championships, with one lopsided NBA Finals appearance.
“We made a lot of mistakes”, he said. “We didn’t play as well as we know we’re capable of, so we look forward to the next one”.