Kevin Durant scored 38 points with eight assists and eight rebounds in his first Finals game for the Golden State Warriors, who took advantage of some sloppy play by the Cleveland Cavaliers in scoring a 113-91 win Thursday in Game 1 at Oakland.
So it turns out having Durant instead of Harrison Barnes really helps against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Durant had 23 points and six assists in the first half, outdueling LeBron James, who had 19 points, 11 rebounds and the highlight of the half: a poster dunk over JaVale McGee.
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) June 2, 2017
But James also had seven turnovers as the Cavs fell behind 60-52.
James had just one turnover in the second half and finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds, but the Warriors blew it open in the third quarter as they continued to score off turnovers, second-chance points and offensive fouls by the Cavs.
Cleveland finished with 20 turnovers while Golden State had just four, tying a Finals record.
Game 2 is Sunday in Oakland.