Rihanna heckles Durant in Game 1, steals show

Up Next - After dropping the Finals opener, both teams will square off again on Sunday night before the series returns to Cleveland for the next two - with Game 3 slated for Wednesday, June 7 and Game 4 going down on Friday, June 9. Their current 13-game win streak is tied for the longest in National Basketball Association postseason history.

While Durant still has plenty to go to reach said heights, he's surely starting off on the right foot, now three games away from adding "NBA champion" to his legacy.

The Warriors' 113-91 dismantling of the Cavaliers showed exactly how unsafe they have become with Durant.

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. Their interior rotations were frightful, allowing Golden State to turn the game into a dunk-a-thon.

Kevin Durant was a mastermind, finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and zero turnovers. Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 15 points, while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless and to four boards. In 2012, Curry signed a four-year, $44 million extension with the Warriors, a fairly small deal due to the concerns over his frequently injured ankles.

The Warriors won the 2015 championship but let a 3-1 lead slip past year as James's Cavaliers finally brought the Larry O'Brien trophy back to Ohio. In the first half alone, the spindly forward attacked for six dunks and made six of his eight assists, relentlessly pushing the pace and applying pressure with his playmaking.

Golden State was a seven-point favorite heading into Game 1, but the betting odds increased after Thursday's 113-91 rout.

If you have the Warriors' shooters, and you get 20 more attempts than your opponent, it is going to be hard to lose.

Golden State took 61 shots in the first half compared to 43 by the Cavaliers.

Littal: Kevin, towards the end of the game, you shot a three sort of putting the dagger into them. During the fourth quarter, Steph Curry passed the ball to Durant, who hit a glorious three-pointer while positioned just in front of the singer. The Cavaliers had 72 points after the third. But just because Golden State has a attractive offense doesn't mean they aren't also a strong defensive club.

"It wasn't just the third quarter, it was the whole game", James, who gave up eight turnovers, told reporters after the Cavaliers were outscored by 13 points in the period. Durant had six dunks in the first half, five in transition. SG Ray Allen is the all-time leader with 385. The Finals feature 11 current or former All-Stars, the most since the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers met in 1983. His players seemed to pay very little attention to what he had been preaching in the week up to this game - it starts with defense.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals had all the makings of a spectacular and momentous showdown.