Durant scores 38, Warriors cruise to 113-91 victory over Cavs

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The defensive woes that plagued the Cavaliers late in the regular season were glaring against the star-laden Golden State Warriors in a 113-91 loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

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. Stephen Curry dropped 28 points; Kevin Durant added 38 with eight rebounds and eight assists without a turnover. "I'm sure LeBron probably thinks he could play better, and you tip your hat off to KD". Klay Thompson, playing more stellar defense while missing all five of his 3-point tries and scoring just six points, notched his 77th career postseason game to tie Jeff Mullins for most in franchise history.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is applauding how Golden State and Cleveland have made it to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

Curry debuted his new "Curry 4" shoe today in warmups for Game 1, and it looks pretty nice.

At his annual state-of-the-league address at the Finals, Silver spoke on a number of topics before Game 1 - including what's perceived as a lack of parity. "He's competitive and he wants to win, so you can bet that he's not happy about previous year and he's going to go after this one".

But mindful of how the Cavaliers and Warriors went a combined 24-1 in the playoffs before colliding in The Finals, Silver says "we should also celebrate excellence".

Not to the Cleveland Cavaliers - but to Shaquille O'Neal. Golden State also did a great job of having Durant, or Draymond Green, or Zaza Pachulia, stay near the rim and help on the drives of LeBron and Kyrie Irving.

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The former National Basketball Association star-turned TNT analyst posted on his verified Twitter account a disparaging photo of McGee with the words, "America meet Javale "BUM" McGee".

Kevin Durant backed McGee at the time in February, calling Shaq "childish" and criticizing his free throw shooting.

Once his night was finally done, Durant found mother Wanda at the end of the Warriors bench and held her in a warm embrace. Steve Kerr will likely watch again from behind the scenes as he deals with continued complications following back surgery almost two years ago.

"Those are two big household names, so we know you guys and the fans are going to want to see that and pick up on it", said acting Warriors coach Mike Brown, facing a Cleveland franchise that fired him not once but twice.

With the addition of former League MVP Kevin Durant in this year's Golden State Warriors' lineup, would they be able to gather enough firepower topple the defending champs Cleveland Cavaliers?

Here are three quick hits from Game 1, which saw Golden State improve to a ideal 13-0 in the playoffs and score its 11 double-digit victory of the postseason. He underwent a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain. The only thing that kept Cleveland in the game in the first half was the usually brilliant play from James and Irving and several missed layups by Golden State.

After a 346-day wait, the NBA Finals are back and it's as if nothing has changed. Curry became the fifth player in National Basketball Association history with 300 career playoff 3s after coming in with 295.

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