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Too much Kevin Durant dooms Cavs in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Kevin Durant and the Warriors were too much for the Cavs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Reality hit home--at least in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

After losing the NBA Title to the Cavaliers in 2016, the Warriors went out and convinced Kevin Durant--a former NBA Most Valuable Player--to join the cast of stars that Golden State already had and Durant was the difference in Game 1.

Durant scored 38 points, including 23 points with six assists in the first half and then the Warriors used a 13-0 run to open the third quarter to sail past the Cavaliers, 113-91 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in front of a sell out crowd at Oracle Arena.

Despite turning the ball over 12 times in the first half and the Warriors taking 18 more shots than the Cavs, Cleveland trailed by just eight points at halftime, 60-52. Durant had 23 points, while Curry had 12 points in the first half.

The Cavs 'Big 3' scored 67 points, but was overshadowed by the 'Big 2' of Durant and Steph Curry (28 points), who scored 66 points between them. James had 28 points, Irving had 24 and Love scored 15 points. Love had 21 rebounds, while James had 15 rebounds. 

James had a double-double in the first half with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Irving had 17 points, while Love had eight points and 12 rebounds.

The Warriors scored the first 13 points in the third quarter to take a 21-point lead, 73-52 and it was over from there. The Cavs didn't score in the first four minutes of the third quarter until James hit a trey. The Cavs found themselves down by 24 points, 93-69 late in the third quarter. Cleveland was able to cut the deficit to 12 points, but the Warriors were able to extend the lead back to 21 points by the end of three quarters.

Tip Ins

Take Heart: The Cavs have been in this situation before. In 2016, Golden State won Game 1, 104-89 and Game 2, 110-77 before the Cavs won Game 3, 120-90. After losing Game 4, Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to win their first NBA Title. LeBron James is just 1-7 in Game 1's of the NBA Finals. 

First Road Loss: The Cavs lost their first road game of the 2017 postseason after winning their first seven games on the road. Overall, the Cavs are 12-2 in the postseason. Golden State is now 13-0 in the playoffs.

Turnover Machine: Tee Cavaliers turned the ball over at an alarming rate in Game 1. They had 12 turnovers in the first half to the Warriors one and finished with 20 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Warriors had just four turnovers to tie an NBA Finals record. 

Off Shot: The Cavs shot just 34.9 percent from the field and were just 11-of-31 from behind the arc for 35.5 percent. Kyrie Irving was 3-of-4 from three-point range, while Kevin Love was 3-of-6.

Not much Help: Kyle Korver and Deron Williams did not score. Korver was 0-of-3, while Williams was 0-of-2. Richard Jefferson led the bench with nine points.  

Next Up: Game 2 of the NBA Finals is Sunday night at Oracle Arena at 8 pm.


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