NBA Finals 2018: Cavs vs. Warriors Game 1 Updates

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Defending champions Golden State have drawn first blood in the NBA Finals thanks to a stunning brain explosion from Cleveland's JR Smith.

The Warriors and Cavaliers met twice in the regular season, but it might not be wise to read too much into the results.

The Cavs ended up missing out on their final chance to score and win the game, so the game went into overtime.

How could LeBron James score 51 points in 48 minutes - and the Cavs still lose?

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Cavaliers point guard George Hill was fouled in the bonus, sending him to the free-throw line with his team down 107-106 with 4.7 seconds left.

Thompson has a point, as the Warriors winning the 2017 championship in dominant fashion spurred several teams to make big moves in attempts to compete with the Warriors, to varying degrees of success. The game basically was done at that point with everyone just needing to hear the sound of the final buzzer.

Like Jordan, James was a high-leaping, acrobatic, fantastic playmaker in his younger days who has adjusted his game to remain risky and raise the level of his teammates. Stephen Curry scored 29, while Kevin Durant added 26 of his own. "If James and the Cavaliers win Game 1, you know, the interest is going to skyrocket because they are going to have done what very few - except for them maybe - think they can do, which is win at Golden State", Van Gundy said. They had no problems putting the ball in the basket, an area in which they've struggled all postseason, and they were an overturned call, a missed free throw and an unimaginable mistake away from snatching home-court advantage from the Warriors.

Head coach Steve Kerr identified two reasons why they have so much success when they come out of the half-time break.

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"For us to play our hearts out. this is just bad", said Lue. I think they get stops, they get out in transition.

The Warriors seek their 3rd title in 4 seasons and 6th overall.

The Warriors, meanwhile, will be without key reserve Andre Iguodala (left leg injury) for Game 1. More impressively, Golden State kept high-scoring Houston under 100 in five straight games and is right behind Cleveland at 100.3 in the playoffs.

But James scored seven consecutive points, capping the run with a 3-pointer, to pull the Cavs level at 68-68 with 5:27 remaining in the third, James hitting 11 of his first 13 shots.

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