Warriros take game 1 in OT win against Cavs despite LeBron James' 51 pts

James' 51-point game was the sixth 50-point game in NBA Finals history and the eighty 40+ point game of the postseason.

Kahron Spearman

Stephen Curry scored 29 points, and the Golden State Warriors capitalized on a horrible mistake by J.R. Smith, to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-114 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night - all while finding ways to overcome a 51-point performance by LeBron James.


Notching only the sixth 50-point game in Finals history, James shot 19 for 32 to go with eight assists and eight rebounds. It was also his eighth 40-point game in a single playoff, tying Laker legend Jerry West's feat in 1965.

It's 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 our (butt) off, man, it ain't right.

However, there were two plays that underscored the game: a changed call (from a charge on Kevin Durant to a block on James) and Smith's mistake, requiring some explanation.


Kevin Love played well, scoring 21 points with 13 rebounds. Larry Nance excelled off the bench, active on the boards with 11 rebounds.


Curry and Klay Thompson combined to hit 10 threes. Kevin Durant, however, who was supposed to equal James, but seemed to want no part of the matchup. He scored 26 (8-of-22 shooting) with nine rebounds and six assists.


Game 2 is Saturday.