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Warriors Dominate Cavaliers, Take Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals Golden State Warriors via Flickr


Warriors Take Game 1 of the Finals

June 1st couldn’t come quick enough for the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. After breezing by their competition in the first 3 rounds of the playoffs, with a combined record of 24-1, these two powerhouses were ready for the NBA Finals to begin.

Warriors Dominate Turnover Margin

If you had one knock on Golden State over their past 3 years of dominance, it’d be that they tend to struggle taking care of the ball. But the Warriors didn’t show any sign of dysfunction throughout the game, tallying 1 turnover in the 1st half, and 4 total in the entire game.

Whereas the Cavaliers struggled mightily with their offensive execution in Game 1. LeBron James led the team with 8 turnovers as Cleveland totaled 20 in the entire game, which led to the Warriors taking 106 total shot attempts compared to the Cavs 86.

Durant and Curry Lead the Way in Game 1 Blowout of the NBA Finals

Kevin Durant in his first Finals appearance since 2012 with the Oklahoma City Thunder finishes with 38 points on 14-26 shooting, adding  6 rebounds and 8 assists as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 Stephen Curry contributed a double-double with 28 points and 10 assists to aid GSW to a game 1 blowout in Oracle Arena.

LeBron James finishes with 28 points as well, along with 15 boards and 8 assists in his teams losing efforts. Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love ends up with 15 points (4/13 from the field) and 21 rebounds for the Cavs. Only a combined 5 players scored in double figures in this game 1.

While the passing was pin point for the Dubs, Klay Thompson continued his struggles in the playoffs. Klay finished with 6 points on a tough night shooting from the field yet again, going 3/16. Draymond Green also struggled from the field, shooting 25 percent for the game, contributing 9 points and 11 rebounds. Yet the Warriors still won by 23.

Cleveland’s Shooting Woes

Cleveland shot a playoff-low 35 % from the field as their offense looked out of sorts all game. But Golden State didn’t shoot particularly well either, at just a shade under 43%. The Warriors dominated in transition as well as they had 27 fast break points to Cleveland’s 8. As KD had several coast-to-coast dunks as the Cavs continued to run to the shooters instead of stopping the ball.

It was a pretty evenly matched game through quarter number 1, as the Warriors held a 35-30 lead. As the 2nd quarter approached, the Cavs started being sloppy with the ball, tallying 10 turnovers in the quarter, but found themselves trailing by only 8, 60-52, heading into the locker room. But that slim deficit didn’t last for long.

Golden State began the 3rd on a 13-0 run, propelling their lead to 21 points, 73-52 with 8:03 left to play in the quarter. Cleveland cut the lead to 12 with just under 3 minutes to play in the period, but the Warriors ended the 3rd on a 13-4 run to maintain their 21 point lead heading into the 4th. The Warriors and Cavaliers were able to give some reserves some playing time late in the 4th quarter, as the lead hovered around 21 for the remainder of the game en route to the Warriors 113-91 win over the Cavaliers in game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Game 2 will be on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena.