Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91

Hope Soto
June 3, 2017

Steph Curry's wife Ayesha is his biggest cheerleader and is desperate to see her husband's Golden State Warriors take home the 2017 NBA Championship. He is averaging an insane 30 points per game during the playoffs and given he and his teammates have had three full weeks off since the start of the playoffs - the Warriors have had the same - it's going to be full speed ahead with fatigue not an issue early in the series.

Kevin Durant can dunk.

Cleveland, however, overturned a 3-1 series deficit to emerge triumphant.

But a look inside the numbers shows that Cleveland and Golden State both need to correct some things in the second half. The Cavs didn't score for the first four minutes. When the Denver Nuggets gained 30 Elo points by upsetting the No. 1 seed Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 National Basketball Association playoffs, the Sonics lost 30 points.

Oh, he hit from long range, too.

Durant scored 38 points, adding eight assists and eight rebounds, Curry added 28 points and 10 assists and the Warriors made Game 1 of the perhaps the most anticipated NBA Finals in memory a virtual shambles as they whipped LeBron James and the sloppy Cavs, 113-91, before a raucous and frenzied Oracle Arena sellout. So I don't really think about it much. We'll have our answers after the best-of-seven games series.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is applauding how Golden State and Cleveland have made it to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

Teams always gain Elo points after winning games and lose ground after losing them. These are the first Finals featuring a threematch, with the Warriors and Cavaliers splitting their first two title matchups in 2015 and 2016.

Asked in the post-game press conference about that staredown, Durant shook his head and said, "I don't even remember that".

James was called for the foul, Green converted and the Warriors, a flawless 13-0 in the postseason, had their biggest lead to that stage, 22 points, 90-68.

WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers' nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers' league record, started with victories past year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland.

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