Durant leads Warriors to Game 1 win over Cavaliers

June 1, 2017 | Warriors vs. Cavaliers Vol. 3

June 1, 2017 | Warriors vs. Cavaliers Vol. 3

At his State of the National Basketball Association press conference before the game, Silver noted he is in favor of changes in the draft lottery and minimum playing age, but said he is conflicted on the paucity of competitive games this postseason leading into the Finals.

"I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled past year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason", James said, "and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that". It is what it is.

"That's something we have to limit going forward", Kyrie Irving said afterwards.

"But that's what stands out".

Durant dominated, dunking six times in the first half and splashing a procession of three-pointers in the second.

Asked after the game if there was one thing that stood out for the Warriors - their speed or anything else - Cavs star Lebron James answered with two letters.

The Warriors juggernaut matched the longest playoff win streak in National Basketball Association history at 13-0 and seized a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series with game two Sunday at Oakland. "They got downhill, got to the spots where they wanted to go", forward Kevin Love said. That's huge for us.

"We know we're capable of playing a lot better".

This is true, but James also just flat-out got beat on plays. Thirty-eight, 8, 8, zero turnovers? "So I'm glad that we got Game 1 out of the way. That's the formula for us", Curry said. "It's going to get harder and harder as we go when the stakes rise, but you have to stay focused".

The squad took a solid first step toward doing so on Thursday, beating the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in Game One of the Finals. "I wouldn't do my teammates any good if I wasn't just enjoying the moment". Given these varying factors, it was possible to envision Durant looking psyched-out, nervous, over-eager, or extraneous against Cleveland. Golden State used its Game 1 win as a springboard to the 2015 title, while the Cavaliers rebounded from their opening loss a year ago to dethrone the Warriors.

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Mourinho has also called up promising young defender Tim Fosu-Mensah, who has not played since injuring his shoulder in the Manchester derby at the end of last month.

When the smoke cleared, the former MVP went on to lead both squads with 38 points - going 14-for-26 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from long-range and 7-of-8 from the stripe - adding eight boards and eight assists in the win.

Image: Golden State's Draymond Green in full voice with LeBron James nearby.

Meanwhile, Steph Curry contributed 28 points as the Warriors sank 11 dunks in the first half.

"Overall it was a complete team effort", Green said. "I expect nothing less out of him, being the competitor that he is".

"Our first half was sloppy on the offensive end, we were missing a lot of lay-ups", said Curry.

"You're not going to see insane celebrations", he told a media conference. You're not going to see us getting ahead of ourself. He wound up with 24 points on 10-22 shooting.

He took two fewer shots per game, his scoring average dropped from a league-leading 30.1 to 25.3 and his 46.8 percent shooting was his worst since 2012-13.

Kerr hasn't coached Golden State - 12-0 heading into its third straight Finals against LeBron James and the Cavs - since Game 2 of the first round against Portland.

Many fans see the showdown between Durant and James as crucial.

Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds to complement 15 points for the Cavaliers.

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