Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Warriors withstand James’ 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1

Warriors withstand James’ 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1

Finally, the inexplicable climax of J.R. Smith dribbling out the clock for overtime after rebounding Hill's miss instead of going up for the winning layup. Jordan Bell got 16 minutes off the bench in Game 7, but I can picture a world in which the Cavaliers dominate the boards to the point where the Warriors need play him more or even turn to Zaza Pachulia or JaVale McGee.

Also, that was just an incredible celebration by Curry. It was ruled that Thompson contested with his elbow high, which resulted in a flagrant 2 and automatic ejection.

Golden State found itself at the crossroads with 4.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter and just up, 107-106, when Klay Thompson fouled George Hill underneath while trying to disrupt James' pass.

"He thought it was over".

"He thought we were up one", said Lue, although Smith said he knew the scores were tied. "He thought we were up one".

All of the late drama meant James' heroic performance - 51 points, eight assists and eight rebounds - was reduced to a footnote.

"I always go for the team that won before will win again, until someone takes it from them", said Bowen.

"I tried to bring it out and get enough space to maybe get a shot off", said Smith.

Will the Warriors - ripe with talent and fresh off of beating a team that was literally created to take them down in the conference finals - win their third title in four years, cementing themselves as a dynasty? "Clearly that wasn't the case". I knew I was outside the charge line, so that's what the communication was to us. "They can't beat this team four out of six, four out of five, it's unrealistic".

If the NBA Finals come to an end in the same way as the first half of Game 1 ended, we'll be in for quite a treat.

"I can't talk about a situation that way because I do some dumb stuff on the court", Durant said of how the fourth quarter finished. Most believe Golden State will have no problems here and they could be right, but James and the Cavs are going to put up a fight here. "He made a great rebound and gave them an opportunity to win the basketball game". It took seven games in the first round against in and they needed a superhuman effort from LeBron James against Boston in the conference finals, winning four of the final five games of the series to punch a ticket to the Finals. Before blowing a 3-1 series lead two seasons ago, the Warriors pummeled the Cavs by a combined 48 points in Game 1 and Game 2.

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