OAKLAND, Calif.—The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 113-91.
Call it "The Threematch" or "The Thrillogy," either way it's the third time these foes have met in the Finals in as many years.
The game was close in the opening minutes, thanks, in part to a few dunks from LeBron James. The King put up 13 points, while Kyrie Irving had 9. But the Warriors had seven dunks in the first, the most they've had in a single quarter all season.
At the end of one, Golden State was ahead 35-30.
Cleveland trailed by as much as 10 in the second quarter, struggling to sink shots. The Cavs also had way more turnovers than the Warriors, leading to some transition hoops for Golden State.
Irving was 2 for 3 on three-pointers in the first half, including this shot:
Golden State continued to dominate to start the second half with the first 7 points. Back-to-back threes gave the Cavs a boost.
After three quarters of play, LeBron and Kyrie had 26 points and 22 points, respectively; Compared to Kevin Durant's 30 and Steph Curry's 26.
With 6 minutes left in the game, the Cavaliers were down by 20.
James managed to add to his resume during Game 1. He moved up to second place on the all-time NBA playoffs three-pointers list and moved to seventh for all-time NBA Finals field goals.
Game 2 is Sunday at 8 p.m. at Oracle Arena in Oakland.