Nba Finals 2015 - Warriors Dominate Cavs in Game 1

Golden State Warriors were given a stiff challenge but responded in time to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-100, in overtime in Game One of the NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Warriors, who had the best regular season record in the NBA at 67-15, could not put the Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers away in regulation but dominated the overtime to clinch the win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven finals series. NBA MVP Stephen Curry posted 26 points and eight assists while running mate Klay Thompson added 21 to pace the Western Conference champs. The pair’s combined total was barely enough to top Cavs superstar LeBron James’ 44 points on 18-for-38 shooting but the ‘Splash Brothers’ had plenty of help in this one. Andre Iguodala, averaging only 7.8 points per game this season, chipped in with 15 points, Draymond Green added 12 and Harrison Barnes had 11 in the win. Points were hard to come by early in the overtime but Curry earned a pair of trips to the free throw line, knocking down all four attempts, to give the Warriors a 102-98 lead. Barnes then knocked down a huge three-pointer to make it, 105-98, with only two minutes remaining.


Iguodala and Green added three free throws as they made it a 10-point game before James gave the Cavs their only points in overtime with 8.9 seconds remaining and the game far out of reach. James finished with eight rebounds and six assists to go with his career finals-best scoring total but it was not enough on this night. Kyrie Irving also had a strong performance with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists but he hobbled off in overtime with what looked like a knee injury. He headed straight to the locker room and did not return, which could put his availability for Game Two in question. Cleveland fired off the opening shots as they jumped on Golden State early. The Cavs outscored their opponents, 29-15, to open the game as the Warriors uncharacteristically struggled to shoot the basketball, connecting on only four of their first 19 shots. James led the Cavs’ charge with 12 points in those opening minutes. The Warriors, though, scored the last four points of the period to spark a 12-2 run bridging the first and second quarters. Back-to-back baskets from reserve Marreese Speights brought the home team back to within four, 31-27. Curry would then begin to heat up after a slow start. His Warriors scored 12 unanswered points, including eight in a row for the league MVP at one point. His layup at the 2:58 mark, following a pair of three-pointers, made it 41-36 in favor of Golden State. Cleveland, though, made a couple of threes late to reclaim a 51-48 lead at the halftime break. James had 19 at the half while Curry had 14. LeBron continued to pile on the scoring in the third quarter, closing it with a total of 31 points with a quarter left to play. Klay Thompson, who only scored five in the first half, finally got going for the Warriors in the quarter, though, scoring nine as the two teams ended up tied, 73-7, heading into the final period. James again imposed his will on the Warriors in the fourth quarter, scoring on postups, drives and even a three-pointer that tied the ballgame at 96-all. Curry put the home team in the driver’s seat in the final minute with a jumper from the top of the key that made it 98-96 for the Warriors but Timofey Mozgov earned a trip to the line on the other end to tie the game yet again. The Warriors star tried to put his team in the lead again, blowing past Irving for what seemed like a good look at a layup but the athletic Cavs guard recovered to put his fingertips on the ball in a big defensive play. Neither James or Iman Shumpert, who both put up shots in the dting seconds, could win the game for Cleveland in regulation.
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