Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime in game one

Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime in game one

"He thought it was over", Lue said.

After the clash finished 107-107 at the end of regulation - following JR Smith's late-game blunder - Golden State out-scored the visitors 17-7 in overtime to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

After the game, James was asked about Smith's mental breakdown.

A team doesn't get many second chances against great teams in the playoffs. "We're in the fight now".

At one point in the second quarter the Cavaliers led, 51-40, on a turnaround jumper by Love, but the Warriors stormed back and tied the game, 56-56, on a 30-foot rainbow by Curry at the second-quarter buzzer.

"I thought I read that play just as well as I read any play in my career, defensively", he said. "I saw him drive, I was outside the charge line, I stepped into the contact", he said. It's a huge play.

"So I felt like the odds were against us from the summer", James continued.

"It has never been done, ever, in the history of the game". "And then tonight, in the Finals, on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played out (butts) off, man, it ain't right".

Referee Ken Mauer defended the choice to review the call. "So we got to do a better job of helping him out", Durant said after the win. Green argued the foul call, but clearly slapped James in the face. Instead of trying to immediately score or call for a time out with the three seconds left, he inexplicably ran down court towards Golden State's side. 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.

The Cavs were left in disbelief after LeBron James scored 51 points - joining Michael Jordan as one of only two players to score more than 50 points in a finals game since 1970 - but ultimately they still lost to the reigning champions.

It must be said that Smith's blunder nearly completely overshadowed the mistakes of Golden State's Kevin Durant, who allowed Smith to grab the offensive rebound, and Cleveland's George Hill, who could have given the Cavaliers the lead by making his second free throw (after hitting the first attempt).

Instead, the game went to overtime. "He could have taken a shot, but he dribbled out. He thought we were up one", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Then JR Smith went and proved all of us wrong in the final seconds of regulation in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

"I was like, 'OK, I am not quite sure what we are going to do with this ball club".

According to J.R. Smith, the reason why he didn't bother to pass the ball to James or take final shot is that he thought they were going to call a timeout.

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