Cavs-Warriors IV starts in thrilling fashion with Golden State prevailing in OT of Game 1

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BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- The Warriors had to dig deep, and late, to overcome a wondrous effort by LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

But with four players scoring in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 29 points, the Warriors outlasted Cleveland for a 124-114 overtime victory. Kevin Durant totaled 26 points, Klay Thompson had 24 and Draymond Green added 13.

Outscoring the Cavaliers 17-7 in OT, the Warriors shot 5-of-7 from the field while limiting Cleveland to 2-of-9.

James scored a game-high 51 points, along with eight rebounds and eight assists.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

None of the Warriors had a particularly phenomenal overall game, but Durant posted solid numbers across the board despite not shooting well. 

Durant’s line: 24 points (8-of-22 from the field, including 1-of-7 beyond the arc, 9-of-10 at the line), nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and one steal. He played 46 minutes and finished a team-best plus-17.

TURNING POINT

With the teams tied at 107-107 at the end of regulation, the Warriors opened overtime with a 9-0 run, taking a 116-109 lead on a Shaun Livingston dunk with 2:14 left in OT.

The Cavaliers got no closer than seven over the remainder of the game.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors in-game: G Klay Thompson sustained a left leg contusion with 6:17 left in the first quarter, went into the locker room, but returned in the second quarter and remained in the game.

Warriors pregame: F Andre Iguodala (L lateral contusion/bone bruise) was listed as out.

Cavaliers: F Kevin Love (concussion protocol) was listed as questionable, upgraded to available Thursday morning and placed in the starting lineup.

WHAT’S NEXT

Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Oakland -- Warriors 124, Cavaliers 114
Game 2 Oakland -- Sunday, June 3 at 5pm
Game 3 Cleveland -- Wednesday, June 6 at 6pm
Game 4 Cleveland -- Friday, June 8 at 6pm
Game 5 Oakland -- Monday, June 11 at 6pm
Game 6 Cleveland -- Thursday, June 14 at 6pm
Game 7 Oakland -- Sunday, June 17 at 5pm
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