Warriors beat Cavs in overtime in Game 1

Ruben Hill
June 1, 2018

"For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, I mean, it's bad...." James was calling for the ball that entire time and could only hold his arms out in shock before walking back to the huddle for overtime.

According to Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue, Smith thought Cleveland was up by a point when he secured the rebound.

"Number two; I don't really know what words I can use that are fit for FCCC airwaves to explain the tragic decisions by J.R. Smith". "I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously". So I knew once it was 30 seconds to go that they could review that situation. I looked over at LeBron and he looked like he was trying to get a timeout. "So I stopped, and the game was over".

James was not sure what the reporter expected him to say who would then repeat his question of whether he knew if Smith knew the score before the former got up and left the press conference.

LeBron James didn't go into detail about J.R. Smith's blunder.

Schwarz: I'm just trying to see if you knew exactly what his state of mind was.

In overtime, Cleveland never overcame Smith's mishap, as the Warriors out-scored the Cavs by a 17-7 margin in the extra period for a 124-114 victory.

The ending was marred by a flagrant foul by the Cavs' Tristan Thompson, who was ejected, and a shoving incident between Thompson and Draymond Green.

There were two lead changes, three ties and several clutch shots by LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen.

They had undergone two huge roster changes from previous year with their biggest change being when Irving told Cleveland he wanted to leave.

Once the review began, the officials are allowed to determine if block or charge is the right call.

"I tried to bring it out and get enough space to maybe get a shot off", said Smith. "You saw what happened in overtime". "It was a huge play, a huge play".

"The blocked charge thing, a year ago in the regular season same play happened to me".

Alas, the game was tied and the mistake cost the Cavs a chance to try and win it. Cleveland got blown out in overtime. James would end the night with 51 points on just 32 shots, a line made fuller by his eight rebounds and eight assists.

Unfortunately, Smith thought Cleveland was ahead and he dribbled away from the basket to run out the clock. "He [Thompson] just thought Shaun shouldn't have shot the ball at the end", said Lue. No disrespect. We just play the game.

James had 24 points in the first half while Curry led the Warriors with 18. That was a performance for the ages, but he has had even more of those moments, which has cemented him as the best basketball player in the universe. He's been doing it for us all season.

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