The first game of the much anticipated NBA Finals rematch exceeded expectations as the
Cleveland Cavaliers met the Golden State Warriors for the fourth consecutive year. LeBron
James continues to prove he is the GOAT, as he scored a career playoff high of 51 points
against the Warriors. However, LeGOAT was unable to overcome the costly mistake of J.R.
Smith near the end of the game and the ensuing offensive onslaught of the Golden State
James shot 19-for-32 with eight rebounds and eight assists, but a costly mistake from J.R.
Smith doomed the chances of the Cavs getting an upset win. With only 4.7 seconds remaining
in the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 107, but George Hill missed the final free throw and
failed to put the Cavs into the lead. However, J.R. Smith gained the offensive rebound near the
basket but dribbled the ball to half-court without realizing that the game was still tied. This costly
mistake confused everyone in the arena and was the turning point for the rest of the game.
During overtime, the Warriors took advantage of the momentum and scored the first nine points.
The Cavaliers never had a chance in overtime and eventually lost 124-114. However, tempers
flared during the last few seconds of overtime and both benches cleared due to an altercation
between both teams. Initially, LeBron James and Stephen Curry were arguing with each other at
the other end of the court after James blocked Curry's shot. The next play resulted in Tristan
Thompson fouling Shaun Livingston and earning a technical foul. Draymond Green began
taunting Thompson, which resulted in him hitting Green in the face. Ultimately, Thompson was
ejected as both benches cleared during this heated exchange. Finally, the order was restored,
but tensions will continue to remain high as this series continues to the next game.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 29 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Kevin Durant
wasn't too far behind with his 26 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. On the other side,
LeBron James scored a record 51 points and was the first player to score over 50 points in a
Finals game and still lose. James also tied the legend Jerry West with the most 40 point games
in a postseason. Kevin Love also played a critical role with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
However, the Cavs will need other plays to step up if they wish to compete with the Golden
The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a heartbreaking loss in the first game of the NBA Finals but
will look to bounce back with a strong performance in the next game. LeBron James is
considered by many to be the GOAT, and he will look to take down the superstar-laden team of
the Golden State Warriors. Will LeGOAT live up to his nickname and put the Cleveland
Cavaliers on his back for another championship or will the talent of the Golden State Warriors
be too much to overcome? All of these questions will be answered as the NBA Finals continue
between the top two basketball teams in the NBA.