When the Warriors are at their best, as they were in a 113-91 blowout of the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, the highlight reels overflow with images of Kevin Durant dunking or Stephen Curry pulling up deep behind the three-point line to launch impossibly pure swishes. "In some ways it's just us focusing even that much more on the game plan and knowing how we have to play this Warriors team".
Durant, seeking his first National Basketball Association crown after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State last July, hit 14-of-26 from the floor and added eight rebounds and eight assists, his early domination including six first-half dunks, more than in any prior full playoff game. "They're just going to muck the game up and be physical". We worry about defense first, and offensively, we can move the ball around, drive and kick and try to find shots as well. "I wouldn't do my teammates any good if I wasn't just enjoying the moment".
"We could be a lot better than we were tonight", Durant said, without a hint of irony. "There's no way you're going to win a game with 20 turnovers against this team and on the road". I'm not a ball handler. The speedy Warriors fast break proved more than Cleveland could silence. Having to settle in, whether it's after the first quarter or first half, first game, whatever it is. "We will be ready to go on Sunday".
"We have playmakers all over the floor".More news: Napoli forward Dries Mertens reveals Chelsea interest having won Antonio Conte approval
"When it's least expected, he's going to knock down some shots", James said.
"We kept fighting and fighting, but they never looked back", Love said. "It's just a lot of things that we can correct and we will correct them going into game two". "If I score six points a game and it gets us four wins and an National Basketball Association championship, I can do that every year".
"We have to stop the ball", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
"The Warriors immediately ran off a 14-game winning streak after that".
The Warriors used the situational scoring and 23 points from Durant to build a 60-52 lead over the Cavaliers at halftime.More news: Police respond to 'terrorist incidents' in London
The Cavaliers rallied within 80-68 with 3:06 remaining in the period, but Golden State wasn't finished with its 3-point-shooting barrage.
"There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said. If we take care of what we're supposed to take care of, it doesn't matter if it's the "96 Bulls, it doesn't matter".
Thompson hasn't aired any feelings of disgruntlement up to this point in the playoffs.
Thompson said he will continue to crash the glass before worrying about retreating back on defense, even though Golden State outscored Cleveland 27-9 in fastbreak situations in Game 1. In the second half, Durant drove to the basket again.
Also important to point out, Cleveland wasn't at its best in Game 1 on Thursday night.More news: Raiders members share reactions, predictions on NBA Finals
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