The Golden State Warriors survived a 29-point opening quarter from the Cleveland Cavaliers to force overtime and eventually win Game 1 of the NBA Finals 108-100. LeBron James led all players with 44 points. Stephen Curry (26) and Klay Thompson (21) eclipsed the 20-point mark for the Warriors.
After Cleveland’s hot start, the Warriors stormed back in the second quarter, trimming the Cavaliers’ lead to three by halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the game was tied. Each team scored 25 points in the final quarter of regulation to force overtime, but the Cavs had a chance to end it early and could not convert.
Once overtime began, it was all Warriors. Cleveland failed to score until there was only 8.9 seconds left in the game. It was far too little far too late, they were outscored 10-2.
To add injury to insult, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving limed off the court and was taken to the locker room during the five-minute overtime period. Irving has been dealing with a sore left knee, but wanted to tough it out for Game 1. The point guard had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the game before getting hurt.
Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday night in Oakland.