Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

"When Kevin Durant has the ball, you can't give a great scorer easy baskets like that".

"We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us", he said. "He's been destroying nearly everyone he's come across in the playoffs on the offensive glass and Zaza Pachulia didn't play a ton of minutes, but the minutes he played, especially at the beginning of the game, kind of set the tone for us on the offensive glass". "Steve has preached from Day 1, if we win the possession game we'll have a chance to win the game".

The squad took a solid first step toward doing so on Thursday, beating the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in Game One of the Finals.

The Warriors haven't seen much competition this postseason so they seemed hungry for with the Cavs and started the game out slowly but picked up the speed at the end of the first quarter.

"When you turn the ball over, that's when they become very unsafe 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. The undersized, "jump-shooting" Warriors pounded the Cavs in the paint, scoring 56 points, including numerous dunks and layups.

"We didn't play very well, but we know we're capable of being better", James said.

The Warriors came storming out of the locker room at halftime and quickly built a 21-point lead over the first four minutes of the second half.

"Cleveland" by LeBron James and the occasional explosions his guard lasted until a larger break, losing the first half behind eight points.

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The Warriors padded their lead with a pair of two-point hoops, and Curry then buried his consecutive 3-pointers to complete the 13-point run and open a 73-52 advantage. "He's LeBron James. You guys know what he can do", Durant said. Steph had 10 assists. While Tristan Thompson, the Cavaliers' closest thing to a disruptive inside presence, finished the half with no points and one rebound? "We've got to stop the ball first, then fan out to the three-point line". "I mean, no other team has done this, right?".

"I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled previous year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason", James said, "and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that".

But the seven first-half turnovers were the second most in a half in James's career, having made nine giveaways in 2005 against New Orleans.

The biggest difference for the Warriors, of course, is that they now have a do-everything future Hall of Famer who thrives on the biggest stages. Kyrie Irving had 24 points.

"There's no way you can simulate the Warriors' offense", said Cavs guard Kyrie Irving.

Struggling with turnovers and defensive communication, the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are counting on learning from their mistakes to fight their way back in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors not only got their 3-point shooting going in the decisive third period, but also their defense. The addition of Durant has changed everything for Golden State, including - and perhaps especially - how it matches up with Cleveland.

The Cavaliers also turned the ball over four more times, giving them 16 to that point of the game.

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