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Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

LeBron James, Kevin Durant
      
               AP FILE LeBron James, Kevin Durant AP FILE
Rita Gibson | 02 June, 2017, 16:46

See you all back here on Sunday night for Game 2. Although neither player is in the running for NBA MVP, they both have led their teams on impressive runs during the postseason.

With the sting of losing last year's NBA Finals despite holding a 3-1 lead still fresh in his mind, Warriors guard Curry said he and his team would not be celebrating until they delivered a championship back to Oakland.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals finally happened, but from the second quarter on, it wasn't a thriller.

In their nightmares the Cleveland Cavaliers will see Kevin Durant sprinting down the middle of the court and slamming down an uncontested dunk.

One of the few things that hasn't gone right for Golden State this postseason has been Klay Thompson's shooting.

But what Game 1 was, however, was an overwhelming show of force from the league's best team. Kevin Durant glided through the lane for three uncontested dunks on first-half fast breaks.

Stephen Curry's exclamation point and Rockettes impression. Hell of a choice.

Draymond Green almost had a double-double with nine points and 11 boards.

The Warriors not only got their 3-point shooting going in the decisive third period, but also their defense. It just didn't matter.

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2K Sports today released the results of its annual NBA Finals simulation using NBA 2K17, and it's the Warriors who come out on top this year, defeating the Cavs in a thrilling seven-game series.

Pressure? What pressure? Durant marked his return to the NBA Finals with a dominating performance in the Golden State Warriors' 113-91 victory.

The Warriors, given Thompson's bad shooting, weren't ideal.

Of the 23 that picked the Warriors, six picked them to win in seven games, 10 picked them to win six games, and six picked them to win in five games. They were slow on the defensive glass, allowing the Warriors 11 offensive rebounds in the first 24 minutes.

"Six months ago it started to connect and I got a little carried away with it and made up my own reason for a playoff beard". So, they're playing good basketball.

The Cavaliers also surrendered 14 offensive rebounds, fueling 14 second-chance points by the Warriors.

Though Las Vegas odds makers have tipped the Warriors as overwhelming favourites, the Cavs enter the series with a psychological edge after the events that transpired during the 2016 NBA Finals followed by the Charismas Day game between the two rival teams.

To kick off a matchup that has been anticipated since the Cavaliers escaped Oracle Arena with the Larry O'Brien trophy 347 days earlier, Golden State sent a statement: It is much improved from the group that squandered a 3-1 lead to Cleveland. Often, it does, but in this instance it has to.

James had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, the first time in his career he managed a playoff double-double before halftime.

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