Lebron went for 44 points, 8 boards, and 6 dimes in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but it didn’t matter as the Warriors won in overtime, 108-100 to take game 1 in the best of 7 series.
It took 38 shots with 18 made to get those 44 points, and his missed fall away 3 pointer at the end of regulation was the low point and question mark for the Cavs.
KYRIE IRVING had the block of the year on Steph Curry with the game tied and only 26 ticks left on the clock. It was a championship play by Irving on the current MVP as he snuck behind Curry and got his left hand on the pumpkin.
Cleveland took the ball with a chance to win the game. The ball went to Lebron, and he tossed up quite possibly the worst shot he could take, a fall away, going left, three pointer with a hand in his face.
It was puzzling to put it mildly since Lebron was in 1 on 1 coverage, appeared to have an open lane, and he probably took the shot 2 seconds too early. Shumpert almost put in a rebound-grab-jumper as the buzzer sounded.
“I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before,” James said. “It’s a make-or-miss league, and we had our chances.”
James hit a game-winning 3 over Iguodala two seasons ago with Miami from almost the same spot. Iguodala wasn’t about to let it happen again.
The game headed into OT, and it was all about the hometown in the extra period. The Cavs will have until Sunday to wonder what happened in that last possession of regulation, and they might not have KYRIE IRVING.
Irving, who looked solid, scoring 23 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, dishing out 6 dimes along with 4 steals and 2 blocks, one of which was the game saver. Early in the OT, however, Irving went down holding his knee and he returned to the locker room. He didn’t return, and neither did any type of luck or magic for the Cavs who only scored one bucket in the OT.
Irving is scheduled to have an MRI on his knee, and is listed as questionable (doubtful) for Game 2 on Sunday.
“It’s something I hate to see,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I hope he’s OK for the rest of the series.”
Kerr probably won’t sit out any of his starters if Irving doesn’t play. The lack of Kevin Love playing for the Cavs is bad, but if Irving is done for series, the series might be done for the Cavs.
The Warriors played great in OT outscoring the Cavs 10-2.
“It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win,” Curry said of the overtime.
The MVP, Curry had 26 points and 8 dimes.
JR Smith had a John Starks Game 7 in Houston type of night. Well not that bad, but the streaky shooter missed 10 of 13 shots and looked out of sync.
“We all have to be better, including myself,” James said. “I don’t think I was great. I’ve got to do better things out on the floor to help us be more precise offensively … It’s not about me. It’s not about the next guy. It’s about all of us.”
Lebron is right, it’s a team game and it doesn’t matter if he scores 44 and his team gets beat. It just means the series is now 0-1 for Cleveland and 1-0 for Golden State.
Game 2 in Sunday in Oakland.
The Game 1 winner of the NBA Finals has a 48-20 series record. Lebron’s teams are 18-2 in playoff series when winning the opener and 7-5 when losing Game 1