Cavaliers Demolish Celtics in Game 1 Behind LeBron James' Dominant Performance

Doug Mendoza
May 19, 2017

The Warriors' shot an impressive 56 per cent from the field and 49 per cent from behind the three-point line, with Stephen Curry leading the way with 29 points.

Jonathon Simmons had a team-high 22 points for the Spurs, who fell behind 0-2 in a play-off series for the first time since being swept by Phoenix in the West semi-finals in 2010. "We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are". "We'll just lay it out there Game 3 on our home floor". Leonard's slightly injured left ankle - tweaked earlier in the game, but not almost enough to sideline him - came down on Pachulia's foot and made a nasty turn. That group showed a confidence, focus and effort that was notably absent on Tuesday night.

The Warriors uncharacteristically turned the ball over six times in the first quarter while the Spurs made 13-of-21 shots to end the first quarter with a 30-16 lead.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Game 3, with the series shifting to San Antonio.

Prior to Game 2 against the Spurs, which the Warriors won by the final of 136-100, Mike Brown told reporters that he was late to the press conference because he nearly got arrested while trying to pull into the arena. In addition to regularly guarding opponents' top scorers, he led the league in assists per turnover (4.5) and was seventh among players who played at least 70 games in steals per turnover (1.31). "So he came through for us".

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Despite missing all five of their looks from three-point range, the Cavaliers knocked down 13 of their 17 looks from inside the arc, including a seven-of-eight showing from small forward LeBron James, who scored a game-high 15 points in the first quarter. Key reserve and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala's status was unclear after he missed Game 2 with soreness in his left knee. Golden State would then end the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 33-16 lead at the end of one. An MRI test is scheduled for today.

The Warriors bounced back in a major way in the third quarter and cut the Spurs lead 78-73 dunk by Durant with 4:27 remaining. It was a drastic difference from a game of catch-up two days earlier when the Warriors rallied from 25 down and a 20-point halftime deficit. That's as close as they'd get for the remainder of the game, however, as Curry and Klay Thompson combined for six points in the ensuing 36 seconds to regain the momentum. Seven players ended in double figures scoring, highlighting the Warrior's depth.

"I stopped, I did what they asked me to and I let them take care of San Antonio", Brown said.

Most of the final period featured substitutes in the game for both teams. "I'd probably list him as questionable". His plus-minus average of 6.9 topped all National Basketball Association reserves who played at least 50 games. "So I literally start to go and I'm going to get in the far left lane to go through where we all go through, and a cop out of nowhere pulls in front of me and goes, 'Hey you, stop!". The Warriors dominance continued in the fourth.

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