Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91

The moment we were all waiting for finally arrived Thursday night as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers met for Game 1 of the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

LeBron James has 26 points and 15 rebounds, Kyrie Irving has 22 points and Kevin Love has 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have been outscored in every quarter and are shooting 37 percent.

This year marks the third straight year of the NBA Finals featuring the Warriors and the Cavaliers, but the addition of Durant to Golden State's roster provides a unique switch from the norm established by the prior two series. Between the two of them, the Warriors and the Cavaliers lost a total of one game - one! - as they made their respective marches to the finals, leaving a trail of also-rans littered in their thunderous wakes.

Here are three things we learned from the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Cavs. The Cavaliers have made three 3-pointers already, but are 1 for 7 inside the arc. Golden State took great care of the ball throughout, finishing with 31 assists and four turnovers.

Superstars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have wasted no time in stamping their authority on the NBA Finals. "But it was a reward because when you set out a goal and you're able to achieve that reward or achieve that goal, like all of us, then it's rewarding and you feel good about it".

Yes, Cleveland can. And believe it or not, Golden State can, too.

"Hopefully I give them enough life skills that when they get ready to fly, they can fly on their own".

Stephen Curry did his share by scoring 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this sure-to-be thrilling trilogy began, a long-expected, spectacular grand finale envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join the loaded Warriors.

The reason, of course: Stephen Curry, the deadliest shooter the National Basketball Association has ever seen, is streaking down the floor to the left corner, and nobody wants to leave him alone for a wide-open corner 3. So I don't really think about it much. "My heart goes out to him", NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Silver says that "from a league standpoint, you always want to see great competition". "You're not going to see insane celebrations".

Brown addressed the media pregame on Thursday and said he hadn't yet spoken to Kerr.

The general hope before the opening tip was that these two teams would be capable of reviving the playoffs, which had been mostly a glorified snooze-fest through the first three rounds. Cleveland has to defend near the basket better.

Kevin Durant also saw his return to the NBA Finals not go unnoticed.

  • Stacy Allen