Kevin Durant finished with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists as the Golden State Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was Durant’s first NBA finals appearance since 2012, and his performance pushed the Warriors to a 113 – 91 win at the Oracle Arena on Sunday night.
With the Cavaliers defense preferring to guard the 3 point line, Durant had an open cut to the rim time after time, and made them pay every single time.
Steph Curry was also in his best Finals form ever, as he finished with 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting (6-of-11 from three).
“A little gun shy with our shots. Our defence allowed us to create momentum until we got our flow,” said Curry.
LeBron James led Cleveland with 28 points (9-of-20 shooting), 15 rebounds and eight assists, but also had 8 turnovers. The entire Cleveland team turned the ball over a ridiculous amount, and also gave up a ton of second chance shots.
Kyrie Irving (24 points) and Kevin Love (15 points) finished in double figures, no player outside of the Cavaliers’ star-studded triumvirate finished with more than three made field goals.
Golden State beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals but let a 3-1 lead slip last year against LeBron James’s Cavaliers, who won their first NBA title.
The Finals will return on Sunday at 8 p.m. eastern time.