Warriors overcome LeBron’s huge night in overtime 124-114
The Golden State Warriors outlast the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the NBA Finals, 124-114 in overtime.
What an incredible performance by the Cavaliers and LeBron James for four quarters, the only problem was that they weren't able to win the game in regulation.
Now, how did we get there? The Cavaliers never let this game get away from them which was huge, the game was tied at halftime.
We all know that the third quarter is owned by the Warriors and they outscored Cleveland in the quarter but it was only by six points.
In the fourth quarter there were many key plays that could have shifted the tide even more in the Cavs favor but LeBron was a man among boys. The plan was simple, set a pick and have Golden State switch either Kevon Looney or Steph Curry onto James and he was picking their defense apart. One thing that you noticed is that he wasn't settling for a lot of jump shots, he was taking the ball to the rim.
A few of the key moments in that fourth quarter was with a couple of minutes left, James got called for a reach in foul as Kevin Durant drove to the basket. When you saw the replay it looked like a clean strip, Durant goes to the line for two free throws.
Next, with 36.4 seconds remaining and the Warriors down two, again with Durant driving to the basket, James slides over to take a charge, and initially it's called an offensive foul. The officials would go back and look at it to see if he was in the restricted area or if he wasn't in legal guarding position. Well, he wasn't in the restricted area but apparently they said he wasn't in legal guarding position and reversed the previous call. That meant KD was back at the line for two, he hit both free throws and the game was tied.
Finally, on the last possession of regulation with LeBron getting doubled, he made a spectacular pass under the basket in which Klay Thompson fouled George Hill, and he went to the free throw line with under five seconds remaining. He hits the first to tie the game at 107, he then left the second shot short, and from there it was another boneheaded JR Smith move that potentially cost Cleveland the game. Smith grabbed an offensive rebound and instead of turning and looking for a shot, he pulls the ball back to half court thinking that the Cavs had the lead, only they didn't....
Overtime was a formality as the Warriors steam rolled Cleveland 17-7 and ended up escaping with the 124-114 victory.
As I mentioned, LeBron James was a man among boys as he nearly recorded a triple-double with 51 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Kevin Love also played well, he poured in 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
For the Warriors it was a steady, balanced attack. Durant scored 26, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out 6 assists. Curry and Thompson each had over 20 points and shot a combined 10-21 from downtown.
Game Two will be on Sunday night at 7pm. We'll see if Cleveland can overcome this crushing defeat.