LeBron James has urged to Cleveland Cavaliers to get back to their winning ways after they were beaten 104-89 by the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
James put up a valiant effort, scoring 23 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and falling just one assist shy of a triple-double.
Despite his gutsy performance, the Cavaliers talisman admitted that the 17 turnovers his side committed did not help their cause.
“We will have a better game plan going into Game 2 for sure offensively,” he told reporters. “Sometimes your offense dictates your defense, and the fact that we had 17 turnovers and that led to 25 points is not a good ingredient for our offense for sure.”
James was also less than impressed with the fact that the Cavaliers were outscored 45-10 on points scored by players off the bench.
Shaun Livingston inflicted the most damage on the Cavaliers as he dropped 20 points on eight of 10 shooting.
While the Cavaliers managed to restrict the impact Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had, James conceded that his side’s loss can be attributed to the fact that they could not contain the Warriors’ bench.
“When you get outscored 45-10 on the bench and give up 25 points off 17 turnovers, no matter what someone does or doesn’t do, it’s going to be hard to win, especially on the road, and that’s what it was,” James said. “Obviously the game ball goes to Shaun Livingston.
“But don’t matter what you do with Steph and Klay, don’t matter what you do with Draymond (Green). Give up 45 points off the bench and 25 points off turnovers on the road, it’s not a good ingredient to win.”