OAKLAND, Calif. — The ‘Big Three’ combined for 66 points in Thursday’s Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors. But it wasn’t enough for the Cavs to win Game 1.
Golden State won, 104-89.
LeBron James said the Cavs can and will be better for Game 2.
“We’ve got to be better in Game 2, obviously,” James said after the game. “I think defensively, we had a game plan, and we followed it as much as possible. Well, as great as we could for 48 minutes. We had some break-downs, which we know we can get better with. Offensively, we’ve got to be much better.”
Kyrie Irving, James and Kevin Love all had a pretty good game but got little support from their bench; JR Smith only had three points.
For the Warriors, it wasn’t Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green that stepped up. Curry and Thompson were held to the fewest points in the game this season and even sat a majority of the fourth quarter, but the Warriors were still too much for the Cavs.
On the Warriors’ bench, Shaun Livingston led the Golden State reserves in outscoring the Cav’s backups, 45-10. The drubbing included a 21 to 4 run late in the third and fourth quarters.
After the game, James gave the team credit.
“Obviously, the game ball goes to Shaun Livingston, he came in and gave them a huge spark. But no matter what you do with Steph and Klay, what you do with Draymond, you give up 45 points off the bench and 25 points off turnovers on the road. It’s not good ingredients to win.”
Despite predictions that the series would be a shoot-out from behind the line, both teams were average from beyond the arc. But like LeBron said, the big stat of the night was turnovers and points off turnovers.
Here is the rest of the NBA finals schedule:
Game 2: Sunday, June 5, 8 p.m., Oakland
Game 3: Wednesday, June 8, 9 p.m., Cleveland
Game 4: Friday, June 10, 9 p.m., Cleveland
Game 5:* Monday, June 13, 9 p.m., Oakland
Game 6:* Thursday, June 16, 9 p.m., Cleveland
Game 7:* Sunday, June 19, 8 p.m., Oakland