Replay overturn plays key role in Warriors' Game 1 win

Ruben Holloway
June 1, 2018

LeBron James had no interest in rehashing J.R. Smith's brain lock after Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

When further pressed on Smith's state of mind, James shook his head and said, "I don't know his state of mind" before dropping the microphone and walking out of the press conference.

Hill netted his first but missed the second free throw, and guard JR Smith grabbed an offensive rebound.

There were several calls down the stretch that angered James, with the biggest coming after James drove past Stephen Curry for a three-point play that put Cleveland up 104-102 with 50 seconds left.

"It was determined [James] was out of the restricted area, but he was not in legal guarding possession prior to Durant's separate shooting motion", Mauer told a pool reporter.

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Schwartz, presumably, isn't the only person who got such advice from James.

LeBron James (who scored 51 points) was ticked at his teammate, to say the least. I didn't know what was going on at the time because we were all trying to find a man in case they try to get a shot up and thankfully the time ran out so we could have new life in overtime.

"It was epic", Lue said "He did enough to carry this team to a victory".

Stephen Curry (L) in the Under Armour Curry 5 "UA Takeover_2" and LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 15.

Asked if the loss was one of the most disappointing of his career in Finals games, James said it probably was.

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One thing that did not go the Cavs' way was a blocking call on James, which officials initially ruled as a charge against Warriors forward Kevin Durant with the change of decision allowing Golden State to tie the game in the final minute.

James finished the game with 51 points, but it still wasn't enough. Needing a triple-pointer to equalise with just 5 seconds to go, Curry took a shot from near the half-court line, hitting the bull's eye, as it went straight through the hoops.

He notched his eighth 40-point game during this play-off run to tie Hall of Famer Jerry West's feat in 1965 for most in a single post-season.

Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks, while Klay Thompson scored 24 points. Draymond Green chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.

"We got lucky", Kerr said. I'm pretty sure everybody didn't think I was going to shoot it over KD right there.

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