King James rules the court in heroic Game One defeat

King James rules the court in heroic Game One defeat

What we know: The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-114 in overtime to kick off these surprisingly raucous NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

Steve Kerr said the Golden State Warriors were lucky after JR Smith's freakish mistake contributed to the Cleveland Cavaliers' game-one defeat in the NBA Finals. If the refs left well enough alone then Cleveland has the ball up two with a chance to kill 24 seconds, score, and make it a two-possession game with twelve or so seconds to go.

The Cavs also had the ball with a little less than five seconds to play when guard J.R. Smith secured a rebound on a missed free throw but failed to get a shot off with the game tied at 107-107.

"He thought it was over".

"It was a tie ballgame and we had a timeout", Smith said, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

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Smith himself, meanwhile, insisted he knew what he was doing all along. "I've never seen him so angry", Windhorst said.

"I can't say what he said when he was not on microphone, but I'll just say that LeBron felt like they got the wrong end of the stick (Thursday night) - just a lot more stronger than that", Windhorst said, via Business Insider. Apparently he knew the score, but thought Lue was going to call a timeout. "Clearly that wasn't the case". And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our ass off, man, it ain't right. "I don't know what was going through J.R.'s head". Yet the game's not won by just offensive rebounds.

The series will remain in Oakland for Game 2 on Sunday night.

But if Smith had been looking for a better shot, he had one - as you can see in the picture above, LeBron James, who had already scored 49 points, was wide open at the top of the arc. He led the Warriors with 29 points, tied for the team lead with nine assists and added six rebounds in 46 minutes. James has eight games with 40 or more points in these playoffs, matching Jerry West for the most such games in a single postseason. I think he'll do that in these NBA Finals, because I don't think Cleveland really has the personnel to match-up and defend Kevin Durant.

However, after initially reviewing the play to check if James was fully outside the restricted area at the time of contact, the officiating crew reversed the decision, much to Cleveland's frustration.

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