LeBron James dragged the Golden State Warriors to the wire with his staggering 44-point show. The Warriors managed to escape in the overtime to win the thriller, 108-100 at the end. The NBA 2014-15 finals kickstarted on Thursday at Golden State with a cracker of a contest between the two best sides of this season so far.
MVP Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 26 points, 8 assists to win game 1. Golden State rallied from 14 points deficit early to cruise home at the end.
“It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win,” Curry said of the overtime.
In the finals after 40 long years, the Warriors had to face the challenge thrown by ace LeBron James at his best, who notched up his career final high of 44 points. Steve Kerr’s men finally managed to shut-down Cleveland Cavaliers in the over-time to win the opener. The Cavs missed their first 8 shots of the OT, and 12 straight in the final quarter to bow down despite James’ 18 of 38 shooting from the field, 8 rebounds and six assists in a span of 46 minutes.
“We got to do more around him,” Cavs coach David Blatt said.
The Cavs’ suffered another blow, as injured Kyrie Irving limped off the court to the locker room with a hobbling knee and didn’t return. Irving wasn’t fully fit getting into this contest and might miss game 2 on Sunday at Oakland. With Kevin Love already out, the Cavs desperately need the services of Irving, who had an outstanding game on Thursday, in this finals.
“Obviously you can see in the tone of my voice I’m a little worried,” said Irving, who left on crutches.
Though Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr sounded hopeful about Irving playing the rest of the finals.
“I mean that,” Kerr said. “You probably don’t believe me, but I mean that.”