Golden State Warriors Win Game 1 NBA Finals; Watch Replay Online
- Author: Sheila Mcguire Jun 14, 2016,
Jun 14, 2016, 22:53
LeBron James has urged to Cleveland Cavaliers to get back to their winning ways after they were beaten 104-89 by the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Andre Iguodala made a successful defense on Cleveland star LeBron James and scored 12 points while Brazil's Leandro Barbosa added 11 off the bench.
The Cavaliers were led by Kyrie Irving and James, who scored 26 points and 23 points, respectively.
If the Warriors come out on top again, LeBron's claim to best-player-on-the-planet status will passed on to Curry. "So we've got to continue to keep length on him and try to make it harder and be more physical with him".
"You don't just throw everything away over one game", James said.
The Cavaliers bench was outscored 45-10, the Warriors scored 25 points off 17 Cleveland turnovers and the Cavs succumbed to a tide they never saw coming.
"As far as Steph and Klay, at the end of day those guys and this team is here not just because of those two, and we have to respect the rest of those guys like we respect Steph and Klay".
In Game 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench was unable to match Golden State's. We've got to push the tempo a little bit more offensively, see if we can get down, get some easy baskets and get to the flow of our game.
"We play a lot of people, and we feel like we have a lot of talent on the bench that can come in and score when we need it. You don't win championships without the entire squad making an impact".
Game 2 will tip off at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night and air on ABC.
Cleveland's offense proceeded to stall down the stretch, and the Warriors notched their only 30-point quarter of the game in the fourth to ice things away.
"We survived by the skin of our teeth", Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr said after the game.
Harrison Barnes returned to the starting lineup and delivered 13 points. With a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in tow, LeBron will have the weapons he didn't have past year, when he single-handedly carried the Cavs in the Finals until they finally succumbed in six games.
As it turns out, there is another collection of players who are mostly the same as last year's Golden State title team: the ones who begin most games on the bench.
Stephen Curry had a game-high 36 points, including seven three-pointers.
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