Cavs' Farcical Error Ruins LeBron Masterclass In NBA Finals

Ruben Holloway
June 1, 2018

51 points, eight rebounds and eight blocked shots from LeBron James were not enough as his Cleveland Cavaliers lost game one of the NBA Finals to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, 124-114 in overtime.

Kevin Durant and the Warriors took control in overtime, which ended with Draymond Green and Cleveland's Tristan Thompson being ejected.

Or who knows? Warriors and Cavs fans have seen this matchup before.

A driving layup by LeBron James with 32 seconds to play gave the Cavs a 106-104 lead. "So when they called the charge, I was surprised, but I'm glad they reviewed it".

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Do us all a favor and never change, J.R....

James said he didn't know what Smith was thinking and walked out of the postgame news conference after growing exhausted of repeated questioning about whether Smith knew the score. It's a huge play. "I don't give up on any of my [teammates]". I saw the play happen. "I don't know what else to say".

In the final seconds, with the scores level a 107-107, Cavaliers' George Hill missed the second of his two free throws. Hill hit his first shot to tie the game at 107-107, but missed his second shot. J.R. Smith grabbed an offensive rebound but then dribbled out the clock, thinking the Cavs had a lead.

However, some people aren't convinced that Smith really knew that the game was tied at that moment.

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"I knew it was tied", he said.

With two All-Stars and one two-time league MVP at his side, the true greatness of the things Kevin Durant does on the court can sometimes get overshadowed. I tried to get enough space to maybe get a shot off.

"I was just trying to finish the game out, he made a great block and started talking some trash and so I talked some trash back", Curry told ESPN after the win on Thursday night. LeBron James was unbelievable as he finished with 51 points on 59.4% shooting while contributing eight rebounds and eight assists.

Curry had 29 points and nine assists, Durant totaled 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Klay Thompson scored 24 points.

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If the Warriors bought into the popular notion that this was going to be a cakewalk, they learned better. Instead, Steve Kerr and company will likely adjust the game plan to prevent the Cavs from being this close from here on out. I'm pretty sure everybody didn't think I was going to shoot it over KD right there.

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