Warriors get off to a good start as they rout the Cavaliers in Game One 113-91

June 1, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (John G. Mabanglo/Pool Photo via AP)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- the Warriors, behind Kevin Durant’s fantastic performance in Game One against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, led the Dubs to victory 113-91. The Dubs still smarting from losing the crown last season to Cleveland, were focused on shutting down the Cavs offense. They did just that. They knew that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would be difficult to handle. Those two players did their thing but the Dubs were able to shut down the rest of the Cav’s players.

Durant and Steph Curry did most of the scoring for the Dubs in the first half. The Dubs took a five-point lead after the first 12 minutes of play. The game was close, and there were several ties. However, the Dubs went ahead by three 27-24 when Steph made a 3-point shot. The Warriors never trailed the rest of the way.  They increased the lead to eight at the finish of the first half of play, leading 60-52. KD was a force as he made six dunks and tallied 23 points. Steph followed with 12. Andre Iguodala added seven. The Cavs’ big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love scored 19, 18, and 8 respectively. The Warriors recorded 20 assists in the first half and committed just one turnover. The Cavs turned the ball over 12 times.

The Warriors, as they have done so many times this season, started the third period on a 13-0 run. They outscored the Cavs 33-20  to end the third period with a 21-point advantage 93-72. Steph and KD kept coming after the Cavs. The Warriors defense continued to pressure Cleveland. The Cavs could not mount a comeback as the scored just 19 points in the final period of play and took the loss by a final score of 113-91.

Game Notes and Stats- The Warriors became the first team in NBA history to go 13-0 this deep into the playoffs. The Warriors were 12-0 in the Western Conference, and Cleveland breezed through the East with a record of 12-1. The Warriors have to remain focused on a loss to Cleveland this Sunday would give the Cavs home court advantage for the last 5 games of the series. After  the game Steph Curry said this in response about the win and the game coming up Sunday:”focus what’s in front of you. Finish plays around the rim. Our defense was there for 48 minutes. Win one game-look to Sunday and do it again.”

KD led the way with six dunks in the first half, He made some three-pointers, assisted other players, and took down some boards. KD finished the night with 38 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds. “We could have played a lot better than we were tonight but in the Finals, you het a “W”, we’ll take it.” Durant also remarked: (I) Try to play as hard as I can….but it’s not me against the Cavs it’s the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

Steph Curry finished with a double-double. He had 28 points, 10 assists and 6 boards. No other Warrior was in double figures. Draymond Green had nine, Zaza Pachulia 8, Andre Iguodala 7. The Dubs bench outscored the Cavs bench 24-21. The Cavs’ LeBron James also had a double-double with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists. Kyrie Irving tallied 24, an Kevin Love added 15 points and he took done 21 rebounds.

The Warriors tied a NBA Finals record low with just four turnovers. The Cavs committed 20.

Game One went to the Warriors and the battle betwwen KD and LeBron was fun to watch. Acting head coach Mike Brown had this to say about the two players: “those are two big household names. So we know you guys (the media) and the fans are going to want to see that and pick up on it. I’m sure LeBron thinks he can play better, and you tip your cap off to KD.”

Game two of the series will be at Oracle Arena Sunday night. Game time will be at 5 pm.

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