Warriors not getting carried away - Curry

  • Warriors not getting carried away - Curry

Warriors not getting carried away - Curry

Stephen Curry pitched in 28 points and 10 assists, and with that you end up with a rout - the Warriors won 113-90 to take a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

Kevin Love grabbed a 21 rebounds to complement 15 points, and Kyrie Irving had 24 points for Cleveland, which was held to 34.9 percent shooting. The Cavaliers had 72 points after the third.

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. The Warriors took the Cavaliers' greatest strength, LeBron James, and outright attacked him defensively, and it worked.

- And the Cavaliers' bench was almost AWOL until the outcome was settled.

Golden State's four turnovers tied an NBA Finals low. "That was tough today".

James wound up with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists a day after dealing with bigotry far away from basketball.

Golden State's offense will draw the headlines, but it was their defense that seemed to overwhelm the Cavaliers. But this time around, the two teams boast the most-talented rosters since the league adopted the three-point line for the 1979-80 season.

"That was very telling throughout the game, especially in that first half", Love said of Cavs' 12 first-half giveaways. "We have four wins left, we have to do whatever we can to get them".

The Cavaliers also surrendered 14 offensive rebounds, fueling 14 second-chance points by the Warriors.

Game 2 of The Finals is on Sunday night.

"You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled a year ago, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out", James said.

Cleveland's defense, especially in transition, was a step slow. He scored 38 points, 23 in the first half, and a number of those points came on wide-open, unguarded slam dunks.

There were a handful of times Cleveland was more focused on Curry and the 3-point shooters, but Durant made them pay with six first-half dunks.

If the sports historians are to be believed, Steph Curry and LeBron James' showdown in the 2017 NBA Finals is one for the ages, a NBA rivalry on par with Celtics/Lakers, Pacers/Knicks, and Bulls/Pistons faceoffs of years past.

"I thought Draymond set the tone", said Warriors interim coach Mike Brown.

Go back and look at any Finals preview, and you'll hear the Cavs talk about the need to limit Golden State's ability to run with the basketball.

Curry wants to take back the championship that got away, and help KD and so many other veterans without a title earn their ring. "So definitely a lot of things we can correct and get better at".

You can look for a bunch of Xs and Os to explain what happened Thursday night, but LeBron said it best at the top.

Veteran Richard Jefferson said the Cavaliers won't panic. The Cavaliers won the title previous year because LeBron James was the best player in the series.

"This is going to be a boxing match". "My heart goes out to him", NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. They had no answer.