The Golden State Warriors won Game 1 of the NBA Finals easily, 113-91 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are the plays everybody will be talking about Friday:
Stephen Curry caught LeBron James napping. In a wild first quarter, the Warriors outscored the Cavs 35-30. Golden State established a theme early: they were going to get to the basket one way or another. On this play, Curry caught James napping on an inbounds play, leading to LeBron falling down and Kevin Durant getting an easy dunk.
The LeBron dunk on JaVale McGee. LeBron had 28 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists. He also announced his presence with authority when got a feed and dunked all over McGee. He then ran down the court staring deep into the souls of everybody watching at home.
The Kyrie Irving circus three. Late in the first half, the Warriors built a 10-point lead despite missing 15(!) shots within a couple of feet of the basket. But Irving, who seems to have a knack for making terrible shots, did his best to keep the Cavs close, sinking this three-pointer after drawing the foul (with a little help from Tristan Thompson’s screen).
Kevin Durant’s easy dunk. The Warriors outscored the Cavs 42-16 in the paint in the first half. How easy was it for the Dubs to get to the basket? Watch this fast break, where JR Smith is the only defender between Durant and the rim and Smith decides to go guard Curry on the wing. Durant had 38 points, and a lot of them were easy dunks.
Stephen Curry’s exclamation point and Rockettes impression. Curry had 28 points of his own, including 6-11 from three-point range. This one late in the third made it a 19-point game and he added a nice high-kick celebration on the end.