Durant stars as Warriors dominate Cavs in NBA Finals opener

Durant stars as Warriors dominate Cavs in NBA Finals opener

Even the two-time reigning NBA MVP wasn't immune.

Golden State's Kevin Durant scored 38 points and sparked a smothering defense that powered the unbeaten Warriors over defending champion Cleveland 113-91 in Thursday's opening game of the NBA Finals.

A month later, Steph was stepping back again as the Warriors welcomed Kevin Durant to their star-studded roster.

While the Warriors looked dominant, almost leading wire-to wire, they will be mindful of last season. NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn't in top shape last June. "It's kind of killing me". "Ignore is probably not the word".

"I can't go out there and do everything on my own, or I can't go out there and just let my teammates do all the work for me", Durant said. Expect the Warriors to win Game 1, but the series will most-likely go back and forth.

Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD. "After we was able to accomplish that a year ago and we celebrated for a few days, I got right back to work, mentally and physically get my body ready because I wanted to be able to put myself and put our teammates and put our franchise in position where we had an opportunity to do it again".

O'Neal also responded angrily to McGee, saying he would "smack" McGee after the Warriors big man reacted to yet more mockery.

Thursday is the team's first battle of the 2017 finals with the Golden State Warriors.

"A lot of us have been through both sides of a championship run and a Finals", Curry said. "He's been shooting it pretty well. And I expect nothing less out of him, being the competitor that he is". "You're not going to see insane celebrations". The Cavaliers have made three 3-pointers already, but are 1 for 7 inside the arc.

"You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled a year ago, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out", James said. Twice he has dished out eight assists.

"I imagine I'm going to coach until Steve (Kerr) tells me he's ready", Brown chuckled.

At his annual state-of-the-league address at the Finals, Silver spoke on a number of topics before Game 1 - including what's perceived as a lack of parity.

Durant lost to James and the Miami Heat in five games in 2012 and then James and the Cavs knocked off the 73-win Warriors in a seven-game thriller last June. But he still hit 324 3s for the second most in National Basketball Association history to his 402 a year ago and paced himself so he is peaking now. You're not going to see us getting ahead of ourselves. "I thought he did a good job of that. He's put us in a great position". "Picking my spots and just filling in the gaps where we know that LeBron, being our leader, and Kyrie are going to be special".

"I'm just playing aggressive, playing confident. You don't get here without it".

The task of shutting down Love falls to Draymond Green, who says Love "is playing more confident" but plans to throw him off his game and out of his comfort zone.

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