Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener


After the game, Curry was asked about the sleeve, why he had it on and why he ditched it so soon.

After allowing the Cavaliers 52 points on 39.5 percent shooting in the first half, Golden State held Cleveland to 32 percent shooting and 20 points in the third period.

A shaky first few minutes are long forgotten, and Golden State leads Cleveland 35-30 after one quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. While Golden State took control in the third quarter, this game should have been over much earlier.

Both teams look really strong this year.

When the Cavs gave help, Curry hit 3-pointers. Game 2 is Sunday night.

But in Game 1, the Warriors had more second-chance points - 18 to 13 - and won the turnover battle by a 20-4 margin.

Andre Iguodala came off the bench for Green - who got his second foul after charging into Cleveland's Kevin Love - and got his first points of the Finals on a dunk, knotting the game at 12-12. This year's Game 1 had the identical scoreline with 8:56 to go.

With that said, although it's impossible to know for sure whether Curry or LeBron will be adding a ring to their collection, my gut's telling me that Golden State is going to come out of the championship on top. The scoreboard said the defending champions' first-half effort was respectable, and perhaps even cause for cautious optimism.

Curry finished with 28 points and 10 assists - he didn't have more than six assists during any Finals game a year ago - giving him 66 combined points with Durant, as the two catapulted some of their struggling teammates to the rout.

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. Thompson, who had only four rebounds and zero points on three shots, has to be better defensively so Durant can't keep driving to the hoop unchallenged.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, as lopsided as the 113-91 loss in Game 1 on June 1 was, has to be thinking "We can fix this".

"I give our guys credit", acting head coach Mike Brown said. The Golden State Warriors star can not remember. Tristan Thompson, one of the league's elite role players, was a non-factor on a night he totaled zero points and four rebounds in 22 minutes.

While Kevin Durant and Steph Curry did play fantastic (scoring a combined 66 points), the Cavaliers buried themselves. Curry probably had no clue there was a feud progressing and his reaction following the question was priceless.