NBA FINALS CLEVELAND vs GOLDEN STATE JUNE 4, 2015
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors – Game 1 – 1st Half Highlights | 2015 NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors Game 1 2015 NBA Finals Highlights June 4 2015 6.4.2015 Ximo Pietro Pierto HD Live Stream Full Game Highlights.
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NBA FINALS GAME 1 CAV’S vs WARRIORS Game Play Match-up Summaries.
Stephen Curry flexed at midcourt after stealing the ball from LeBron James, as he knew in that moment the Cleveland Cavaliers were sunk and that Game 1 of the NBA Finals belonged to the Warriors.
The Warriors nearly pitched a shutout in overtime, staging a memorable defensive stand that enabled them to win 108-100 on Thursday.
James could only put his head down and walk off the court and through the tunnel with the final seconds ticking away. His 44-point night was wasted, as the Cavaliers couldn’t score a single point in the first 291 seconds of overtime.
The Warriors saw the Cavaliers miss their first eight shots of the extra period and allowed only James’ meaningless layup with 8.9 seconds left before he walked away from the scene.
Curry finished the game with 26 points and eight assists. His steal with 1:52 left essentially sealed the win, as the Cavaliers showed no signs they would snap out of their offensive funk after Harrison Barnes’ 3-pointer gave the Warriors a 105-98 lead.
Klay Thompson added 21 points after having recovered from a concussion. Andre Iguodala came off the bench to score 15 points.
The Cavaliers got 23 points out of Kyrie Irving before he was injured once again in overtime.
The night had seemingly belonged to James, who finished 18-for-38 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off six assists. Time and time again, he backed down defenders including Barnes, Iguodala, Thompson and Draymond Green for baskets.
But then James missed three shots and committed two turnovers before that final layup.
The game went to overtime with the score tied at 98 after James missed a step-back jump shot over Iguodala and Iman Shumpert missed at the buzzer.
Curry had put the Warriors ahead with a jump shot with 53.6 seconds left in regulation. But Timofey Mozgov calmly hit two free throws to tie it, and Irving blocked Curry on the other end to give the Cavaliers the last shot.
Curry put on a show in the second quarter as the Warriors shot their way back into the game. He scored the final eight points of a 12-0 run that gave Golden State a 41-36 lead.
Curry’s off-balance corner 3-pointer off a give-and-go tied the score at 35, and his steal at midcourt to set up a step-back shot from beyond the arc put the Warriors ahead.
Marreese Speights also gave the Warriors a lift, coming off the bench to go 3-for-4 from the field in his return from a calf injury.
James responded, leading an 8-0 run to finish the first half with 19 points. J.R. Smith beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers a 51-48 halftime lead, as he came off the bench to hit his third trifecta of the game.
Iguodala appeared tentative at first, as he passed up on an open shot near the rim to pass. But he also came through with two big dunks that changed the feel of the game.
One came as he was matched up one-on-one with James, who got off-balance and could only watch as Iguodala blew by for the jam that closed out the first quarter with the Cavaliers leading 29-19. The other came after Iguodala stole the ball from James and then on the other end dunked with 1.5 seconds left in the third to tie the score at 73.
Iguodala then put the Warriors ahead with a 3-pointer and an assist to Shaun Livingston for a layup as they led 78-75.
The Warriors got off to an awful start, falling behind by as many as 14 points in the first quarter.
The Warriors were 6-for-21 from the field, including Bogut, Green and Thompson combining to shoot 0-for-8.
Whether it was nerves or rust after seven days off from playing a game, the Warriors struggled to shoot and also got hammered on glass while giving up a 17-9 rebounding advantage at the start.