The Warriors hold a 1-0 series lead in the 2017 National Basketball Association finals. Durant was all but unstoppable those first 24 minutes. Golden State had 11 first-half dunks in all, the most of any team in any Finals half in 20 years, Durant (six) leading the way. Curry went behind his back with the dribble, stepped back and started to go up for a 3-pointer, retreated and passed to Draymond Green, who whipped a pass back to Curry near half court.
This NBA Finals, albeit only 1 game in, is following a similar script to last year's. She also said a healthy Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, who combined for 64 points on Thursday, make up for the fact that ailing Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unable to coach from the sideline.
Durant, playing in his first Finals since 2012 when his former Oklahoma City team lost to Miami, scored 38 points in his return to the NBA's championship series and also stood his ground admirably while defending James.
On top of that lethal two-pronged attack of Durant and Curry, the Warriors were ultra protective of the rock throughout the evening. "They're obviously not going to turn the ball over as much".
Not only did the Warriors match a Finals low with just four turnovers, they took Tristan Thompson out of the equation by holding him scoreless.
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"Our first half was sloppy on the offensive end, we were missing a lot of lay-ups", said Curry.
"This is what every player wants to be, is the highest level of basketball", Durant said.
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"I'm cool", he said.
Thompson, though, was strong on the other end as were all the Warriors on the night.
The Warriors expect the Cavaliers to clean up their game and play much better on Sunday.
- The third, James slipped and again no help came. "But we can play better". "When you are playing against a unsafe team like we are playing in the Warriors and they have great pieces, just got to stay disciplined, understand that every possession is all out".
The bright spot for ABC is that all three of the Cavs-Warriors Finals openers have registered over a 12.0 overnight.
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said greater effort will be forthcoming in Game Two. Durant chose last summer to join forces with a 73-win team, and it might make for an impossible task to make the series competitive, let alone win it, even for James.
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We all learned this together - the hard way - on Thursday night. "But our defense allowed us to create some momentum until we got our flow".
"He's guarded some tremendous, tremendous point guards", Brown continued. That's huge. I think everyone always - you just are looking and waiting for that game of where he just goes off. We get up in the 15-plus range, that's a disaster for us.