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5 things we learned from Golden State Warriors' Game 1 victory

5 things we learned from Golden State Warriors' Game 1 victory

The Warriors used the situational scoring and 23 points from Durant to build a 60-52 lead over the Cavaliers at halftime.

Immediately, "haters" emerged, rooting for any team but the Warriors to win it all and whether or not Durant is today's version of the National Basketball Association villain, the role LeBron James finally came around to embracing in Miami, KD looked the part of an assassin Thursday night.

The Warriors won the 2015 championship but let a 3-1 lead slip a year ago as James's Cavaliers finally brought the Larry O'Brien trophy back to Ohio.

"That's a part of maturing and getting older in this league is you've got to realize every year you're a year older so you've got to tweak some things", teammate David West said. "So it's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing". Last year's Game 1 overnight saw a 13.1 off by 5% and down 4% from 2015 which registered a 12.9. Now the Cavaliers have two days to try to figure out a way to change the narrative here, and to find a way to even this series at a game apiece going back to Cleveland next week, as opposed to finding itself heading home down 2-0 to the Warriors for a second straight season.

- The sixth, Durant drove the lane and Smith ran away to cover Stephen Curry.

Mike Brown added on a conference call with media that, "I'm gonna coach until they tell me it's different". And there is no doubt he would have been eager to go against the team that jettisoned him to the Mavericks to make room for Durant. So we know coming into this building they're going to play - it's going to be a tough game for us.

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At one point, when LeBron lost a ball out of bounds, she let him know it was cool with her by bowing to the King, making Apple's Senior Vice President Eddy Cue none too happy, which you can see here. Love simply has to win that matchup enough to force Golden State to scramble.

Much of Cleveland's over-dribbling and inefficiency in Game 1 was on James for his eight turnovers and Irving for his four; the Warriors had four turnovers in total.

Just so those first 12 minutes aren't as good as this series gets. "That led to us not being able to set our defense and get out and play in transition, play fast like we wanted to". This time, however, the Cavs stepped up to stop the ball.

LeBron James had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland. Problem is, they only had him for 58 seconds. But Golden State also baited James and Irving into driving toward help defenders while at other times relying on their excellent individual defenders to push them off their preferred shooting spots.

"We did a great job of covering the 3-point line but other than that they played a hell of a game", James said. And during the epic rubber match, which features some of the best basketball players of this generation, we'll bear witness to one of the most monumental championship rounds in sports history.


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