The first quarter of game one started out incredibly sloppy. This was not much of a surprise since both teams haven’t played in over a week and need to knock the rust and nerves off.
In the first few minutes, Zaza Pachulia looked incredibly nervous, passing on open shots and missing one open layup after another.
Shortly after, everyone settled down. Then, an exciting first quarter began.
Both teams traded a few incredible dunks. First, one from Durant.
Then LeBron jammed one all over Javale.
At the end of the first quarter, Golden State led 35–30. The Dubs haven’t lost a game all year after scoring 35 points in the first quarter. They were able to keep that streak going in game one.
Cleveland kept it close for the majority of the half, but they were making a lot of difficult shots — including a few fancy layups from Kyrie.
For Cleveland, that’s just not sustainable. It became clear early in the first half that Golden State was just getting too many easy buckets.
Durant was on fire early, and seemed to be going at LeBron at every opportunity he got — he was pretty successful too. KD finished the first half with 23 points, most of which felt like wide-open dunks.
Speaking of easy buckets, Golden State outscored Cleveland 42–16 on points in the paint in the first half.
Cleveland got killed on second-chance opportunities early in the game as well. The Cavs took just 43 shots in the first half compared to 61 attempts from Golden State.
Typically, Tristan Thompson helps limit second-chance opportunities for the other team by dominating the glass. But he had just four rebounds in game one. He’s going to be an X-Factor in this series, and needs to step up in game two.
On the defensive end, the Warriors played very well in the first half too, forcing Cleveland to turn the ball over 12 times, including 7 from LeBron. While Klay couldn’t hit a shot to save his life in the first half, he was locked in on the defense.
Meanwhile, Golden State took care of the ball, only turning it over once in the first half.
Another good sign for the Warriors was how good Andre Iguodala looked. Heading into the series there was major concern about his knee. But he certainly looked like he felt fine. It seems like it’s been a while since Iguodala actually dunked. But he threw down two early in game one.
To start the second half, the Warriors continued their hot shooting streak. They outscored Cleveland 33–20 in the 3rd quarter, led by 14 points and a couple deep 3-pointers from Steph Curry.
After that run in the 3rd quarter, the game was all but over.
Durant finished the game with 38 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds.
Curry added 28 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds.
The good news for Golden State? They looked unstoppable in game one.
The good news for Cleveland? The score of game one doesn’t matter. Neither game one nor game two were close in last year’s Finals and they still came back to win the Championship.
More good news for Cleveland? They still have LeBron James who finished the game with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. As long as you have the greatest player in the world on your team, you’ll always have a chance.
Golden State takes game one with a final score of 113–91. Game two is on Sunday at 8pm EST.