Kevin Durant scored 38 points to lead Golden State to a 113-91 rout against Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, but the postgame buzz was about his apparent stare down of musician Rihanna, ESPN reported.
The Warriors made the flawless start after becoming the first side in history to enter the finals with a 12-0 record.
Two years ago, the Cavs suffered injuries to both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving that left them without those two for the entirety of the Finals, pushing LeBron to carry the team on his back with hardly any support at all.
LeBron James looks to enhance his legacy and further push his legitimacy of becoming the greatest National Basketball Association player of all-time, while Kevin Durant tries to win his first championship, showing that his move from OKC to Southern California wasn't a coward move, rather a bold and genius one. "You know they're not going to give up at all", he said on court.
Superstars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have wasted no time in stamping their authority on the NBA Finals.
"Just get focused on game two [on Sunday]", James said. You're not going to see us getting ahead of ourself.
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The Warriors have one of the most daunting lineups of all-time consisting of four starting players all with first-team All-NBA potential.
He had eight assists, and when they did finally block his path to goal in the second half, that simply opened up the game for Curry, who rained in the thre-pointers. "We got to stop the ball first and then fan out to the 3-point line if those guys go there".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.
"So, when I hear people say that these are now the two teams that are dynasties...." "That's it, really. The moment is bright right now and you've kind of got to live up to it. K.D. had eight assists and then eight rebounds".
The pair overshadowed Cavs megastar LeBron James (28 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists), who neared a triple-double but also committed eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers. "I have great memories of (2015) and bad memories of past year, but they're both lessons you can learn going into this series". 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.
It was a similarly poor performance from Tristan Thompson, who went scoreless for the first time in a game since January, while having just four rebounds. "I'm sure LeBron probably thinks he could play better, and you tip your hat off to KD". "My heart goes out to him, " NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.
"Definitely a lot of things we can correct", Irving said.