Last night marked the first matchup between the first-seed Golden State Warriors and the second-seed Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. This matchup would also mark the third straight time these two teams met up in a NBA Finals. The first time was back in 2015 where the Warriors would defeat the Cavaliers, 4-2, winning the NBA Finals. The Ohio team would redeem themselves in 2016 as they come back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors, 4-3, winning a NBA Finals for the first time in history. Each team hoped to break the tie as they looked to take a 1-0 lead in series last night in the Oracle Arena.
The first quarter would be a close one as the Golden State Warriors shot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-one percent. LeBron James would put up thirteen points while knocking down a three-pointer in this process. He would also jump up to grab five rebounds along with three assists. Kyrie Irving would contribute with nine points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field. He would also drill a three-pointer while Kevin Love would record three defensive rebounds and one three-pointer. Tristan Thompson would play for the entire quarter only to be held to one rebound and one assist.
On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would throw up ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field. He would also give out five assists while four-time All-Star, Stephen Curry, would also earn ten points while knocking down two three-pointers. Iguodala would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points, which would include one three-pointer. JaVale McGee would score four while pulling down five rebounds as the Warriors end the first quarter with a 35-30 lead.
Durant would continue to put on a scoring display as he shoots sixty-three percent from the field in the second quarter to earn himself thirteen more points. He would also pull down three rebounds as both Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up two points. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson would also be limited to two points while Draymond Green would grab three defensive rebounds.
As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving would chalk up eight points which would contain one three-pointer. James would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to receive six points as he crashes the boards for six rebounds. Kevin Love would put up a three-pointer while pulling down nine rebounds. Former Knicks player, Iman Shumpert, would be limited to one three-pointer off the bench as the Golden State Warriors head into halftime with a 60 to 52 advantage.
Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Warriors spark a 33-20 run in the third quarter. During that run, Stephen Curry would heat up for fourteen points as he knocks down four three-pointers. He would shoot sixty-three percent from the field while Durant would contribute with seven points, including one three-pointer. He would grab two defensive rebounds while Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn six points. He would knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so while grabbing five defensive rebounds.
On the other end of the floor, LeBron James would score seven points while shooting thirty-eight percent from the field. He would drill a three-pointer in the process while pulling down four rebounds and dishing out three assists. Kyrie Irving and bench player, Richard Jefferson, would help out with five points while Irving would collect three of his points from beyond the arc. Kevin Love would knock down a three-pointer while grabbing three rebounds but it was the Oakland team that ended the third quarter with a commanding 93-72 lead.
The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Durant puts up eight more points, collecting six of them from the three-point line and the other two from the charity stripe. He would also grab two defensive rebounds while former Los Angeles Clippers player, Matt Barnes, would knock down a three-pointer. Draymond Green would also collect three points of his own as he pulls down two defensive rebounds. As for the Cleveland team, Dahntay Jones would come off the bench to give seven points. He would collect three of those points from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line. Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with four points. He would grab six rebounds but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 113-91 victory. Kevin Durant finished with thirty-eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists. LeBron James would finish with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.