As the Cavs went to isolation after isolation with LeBron James, the Warriors team held together, absorbing haymakers from the best player in the world and responding every time. LeBron’s 44 points on 18-of-38 shooting was spectacular, but not enough in the face of the complete attack by the Warriors. Stephen Curry finished with a team-high 26 points, Klay Thompson had 21 and Andre Iguodala added 15. Though he came in third in the scoring column, Iguodala may have been the most impactful Warrior. He forced LeBron into a number of very difficult shots, got his hands into passing lanes and finished around the rim on the other end.
For the Cavs, missing a game-winner at the end of regulation by mere inches cost them more than just Game 1. When Iman Shumpert’s tip came up just short as the buzzer sounded, few could’ve predicted that Kyrie Irving would go down with an injury during the extra time. Irving hobbled to the locker room after having his knee buckle underneath him on an overtime drive. His status going forward is uncertain. If he does miss time, Cleveland’s status is certain, and it’s pretty scary. Game 2 will be on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
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