Golden state defeated Cleveland in the first match of the Finals

Gwen Vasquez
June 3, 2017

On the defensive end, the Cavs seemingly had no answer for the duo of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, who combined for 66 points.

Golden State scored 21 points off Cavaliers turnovers while making only four giveaways, matching a one-game NBA Finals record low. Golden State had 11 first-half dunks in all, the most of any team in any Finals half in 20 years.

Durant looked unconscious for the most part-he took the ball to the rack six times in the game to tie his career-most dunks, scored 25 of his 38 points all in the first half, nailed a dagger trey to put the game beyond reach-he did all that and more with a four-time MVP breathing under his neck. That opened up Golden State's deadly outside game, canning nine of its 12 3-pointers in the final 24 minutes. Curry and Draymond Green each connected on one in a 13-1 run that created a 93-69 lead in the final seconds of the period.

"They're a team that's capable of big runs and they showed that tonight", Love said. One perspective: The Cavaliers shot 34.9 percent and committed 20 turnovers, and the offense wasn't close to their biggest problem. "We've got to stop the ball first, then fan out to the three-point line". But he also had seven turnovers and a minus-22 - worst of all the Cavaliers.

No team had ever won 12 straight games during a single postseason.

James, who called Golden State both a "juggernaut" and a "beast" while crowing the Warriors as the best team in the league over the last three seasons on two separate occasions prior to the Finals - despite Cleveland beating them for the championship last season, of course - was more genuine in his praise, starting with appreciation for Kevin Durant's 38 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the opener.

"Golden state" and "Cleveland" match in Auckland have begun a crucial series of play-off NBA-2017. After another 3-pointer later in the third, Curry turned from the basket and kicked his feet into the air, celebrating his ability to seemingly score at will against the struggling Cavaliers. The Cavaliers had 72 points after the third.

After giving up a whopping 42 points inside during a lackluster first half, which could have been much more had the Warriors been able to make layups, the Cavs altered the strategy, trying to shut down the driving lanes.

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Durant had 23 points in the half, while James had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Cavaliers: James' 3-pointer in the third quarter moved him past Reggie Miller (320) for second place on the National Basketball Association postseason list, which is led by Ray Allen with 385. SG Ray Allen is the all-time leader with 385. It was the second-best in National Basketball Association history after the Los Angeles Lakers took 12 in a row in 2001-02.

"I give our guys credit", acting head coach Mike Brown said.

"Twenty turnovers in the Finals definitely is not going to get it done", said Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving.

"We kept Tristan off the boards to the best of our abilities", said JaVale McGee, who had more rebounds than Thompson despite playing six total minutes. "They capitalized. And we get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in game two".

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