Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 1 loss is a heartbreaker

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 1 loss is a heartbreaker

The game went into overtime and instead of LeBron James finishing an all-time great NBA Finals performance by stealing a win on the road, the Warriors dominated the extra period to hold home court.

LeBron James, as he's done all playoffs long, carried the Cavs. "I saw the drive, I was outside the charge line, I stepped in, took the contact".

"I knew it was tied", he said.

The Warriors scored on their first possession of overtime when Durant drew a foul from Hill that upset James once again and never looked back, outscoring Cleveland 17-7 in the extra session. And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our ass off, man, it ain't right. He said that James' accomplishment of doubling what he and the Warriors had done was "pretty special".

It was in overtime that Stephen Curry and James had a coming together after the Warriors' point guard had his shot blocked by the Cavaliers forward.

Referee Ken Mauer said of the call reversal, "The reason for the trigger is that we had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area". "There were just some plays that were kind of taken away from us". However, in a post-game interview, Smith made a different version of the story, saying that he knew the game was tied when he got the rebound.

Instead of trying to take a game winning shot or pass the ball to a teammate, Smith ran down the clock and fired a pass to Hill with less than a second left in the game.

The loss, in part, was down to a freaky moment from Cavs star Smith when the scores were tied 107-107 with 4.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Tristan Thompson got ejected for doing something, presumably, although it's unclear what exactly that something was. I got the rebound.

As for allowing James to go off for 51 points, Kerr said, "They have a guy who is playing basketball at a level I'm not sure anybody's ever seen before".

Curry scored a three-pointer as the Warriors opened up a one-point lead. "We've gotten very familiar with each other over the last four years".

Draymond Green missed a triple-double by one assist, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the win, while adding five steals and three blocks. James also found time for eight rebounds and a team-high eight assists.

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