In search of an elusive league championship, he dropped 38 points on the Cavs along with eight rebounds and eight assists in Game 1.
"We did a great job of covering the 3-point line but other than that they played a (heck) of a game", James said.
Cleveland's Big Three all posted impressive numbers, but they didn't leave a large imprint on the game.
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As Cavs reserve Richard Jefferson put it: "The formula is there. We'll be ready for the challenge".
LeBron had double the amount of turnovers as the entire Warriors team.
Across the board, it's going to cost a lot more to get into Game 1 than it did for Game 1. Against any postseason foe, turning the ball over can be painful; against a team that can convert in a hurry like the Warriors, it can be deadly.
He vowed to do his part in Game 2.
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With as many weapons as the Wine & Gold has, ball-movement is critical to their survival.
While he admitted he used to let the haters get to him, James has learned to use the criticism and doubt as motivation to be better. The Warriors have major contract issues to resolve involving Kevin Durant and Steph Curry and the Cavs have been footing an enormous luxury tax bill to cite two looming examples.
In the National Basketball Association, two teams - the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs - each won five championships between 1999 and 2014. Well the Lakers stormed through the first three rounds of the playoffs like the Warriors did this season, going a flawless 12-0. And while there were plenty of outside factors at play that aided in Golden State's collapse, it still required a pair of virtuoso performances from James (along with Kyrie Irving) in Games 5 and 7 to snap Cleveland's half-century championship drought.
Despite this being the third straight time these teams have played in the NBA Finals, we knew things would be different with Kevin Durant in store.
Golden State has committed twice as many turnovers already in Game 2 of the NBA Finals than it did in the entirety of Game 1 - eight so far in this game, four in all of the series opener on Thursday. "They're going to grab a little bit more and knock us off our routes and do what they can to disrupt whatever we try to do offensively". By comparison, these NBA Finals mark the 30th playoff series the Warriors franchise has participated in since winning the title in 1975 - a fact that only underscores the number of playoff games James has played in during his career (a staggering 213 entering Sunday). Fully healthy and fresh from more than a week off, Curry poured in 28 points, drilled six three-pointers and dished 10 assists.
So head coach Tyronn Lue took it upon himself to remind Smith what the Cavs need from him heading into Sunday's Game 2.
"[Korver] actually had some great looks in Game 1", James said. With James in the game on Thursday night, the pace was 102.1. There wasn't much of a screen set, so there wasn't a need for them to switch the action. They're the defending world champs and are not going to go down without a fight.
JeVale McGee did all his damage in the first quarter, but now that we're down to the biggest final games of the National Basketball Association season, every quarter, every possession and every play is magnified.