#NBAFinals Roundup: June 5, 2015

LeBron James played one of the best games of his storied career, but even that wasn’t enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers were outlasted by the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals.


Chef Curry cooked up a storm in Game 1.
(image from Getty Images)

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

Golden State 108, Cleveland 100 (OT)
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Kerr said the Golden State Warriors were lucky to get to overtime, let alone win. LeBron James surpassed his NBA Finals career-high point total and Iman Shumpert's double clutch follow-up jumper at the regulation buzzer barely clanked off the front of the rim. Once the Warriors got to the extra session, the first-year head coach boldly brought out his super-small, scrappy lineup. The Cleveland Cavaliers never had an answer. Stephen Curry had 26 points and the Warriors nearly shut out the Cavaliers in overtime en route to a 108-100 win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. James, who scored 44 points, drove in for a meaningless layup with 8.9 seconds remaining for the Cavs' only points in the final five minutes. James was unable to end the game in regulation when his step-back left wing jumper over the outstretched arms of Andre Iguodala ricocheted off the back of the iron. It was a similar shot to the game- winning 3-pointer James hit to beat the Warriors in February of 2014. Shumpert tracked down the rebound in the right corner just inside the 3-point line and got his jumper off before the horn, but it was off the mark. The Cavs then went 1-of-9 from the field in overtime and missed 12 of their last 13 shots from the floor overall. Cleveland also lost All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in the extra session with a re-aggravation to his left knee while attempting to cross over Klay Thompson. Irving missed two games of the conference finals due to the injury. Irving will undergo an MRI Wednesday. Thompson, fully recovered from a concussion in Game 5 of the West finals against the Rockets, posted 21 points and six rebounds for the Warriors, who are in their first NBA Finals since 1975. Iguodala's 15-point effort led a Golden State bench that outscored Cleveland's 34-9. Irving finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, Timofey Mozgov tallied 16 points and seven boards and James added eight rebounds and six helpers for the Cavaliers, who swept the Atlanta Hawks to reach the Finals.






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