There were miscues aplenty, most notably J.R. Smith's offensive rebound in the final seconds of regulation that he dribbled back toward half-court in a tie game rather than shooting for a chance to win it - later insisting he knew the score, though that remains a huge mystery. Then, when he was at the free throw line early in the first quarter, Smith was showered with "MVP" chants. And in the immediate aftermath, it appeared Smith said to James on the court that he thought the Cavs were leading - something he denied afterward.
"I just think, especially when a game has been as hard-fought as that one, you don't like to see emotions spilling over at the end", commissioner Adam Silver said before executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the penalties.
Durant has scored 20 points in every Finals game he has played in - in 2012 with the Thunder (five games), last season (five games) and now this time around. "I contested a shot that shouldn't have been taken". They must focus on unraveling the Warriors in Game 2 by working together.
Golden State thrashed out a classic signature performance from LeBron James, who recorded a whopping 51 points, posted eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs.
Second quarter, 6:12, 47-36 Warriors: After a Kevin Love and-1 play, the Warriors go on a 7-0 run in less than a minute, capped off by a Stephen Curry 3-pointer. Here are the changes that need to be made for Golden State in Game 2.
Smith maintained that the Cavs remain optimistic heading into Game 2 on Sunday.
LeBron James said on Saturday that Cleveland's overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals was among the most hard of his career but he is relishing the opportunity to even the series.
Most of the scrutiny after the game was focussed on a freakish sequence in the dying seconds of regular time when J.R. Smith opted to dribble the ball out, thinking his team were in the lead. Not to say the Cavs will beat the Warriors. Even if Durant continued with Game 1-like efforts, the Warriors would live with that.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson is expected to play after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the opener. "I got to take my hat off to him". "He's going to fill up the stat sheet", Kerr said.
LeBron James could move up on a couple of NBA Finals individual lists in Game 2 - but also fall backward in another.
Yep, that's a definite lane violation, and in the most crucial possession of the game as well.
"That's pretty much who I've been my whole life".