The first period was as competitive as any quarter in the playoffs so far. The period featured five ties and four lead changes. LeBron James got off to a good start scoring 15 of the Cavaliers 30 points.
The Warriors were excellent on the offensive glass resulting in multiple second-shot attempts. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 20 points in the first. The quarter finished with Golden State leading 35-30.
The second quarter began with both Curry and Durant resting on the bench. The game remained close in the period, but the Warriors retained the lead throughout. Durant turned on the offensive jets and ended the first half with 23 points. James continued to produce for the Cavaliers and ended the half with 19 points.
The Warriors were dominant inside with rebounding and scoring during the first half. The Cavaliers were plagued with 11 turnovers to Golden State, 9 of them in the second quarter alone. The second period ended with the Warriors leading 60-52.
Golden State came out firing to begin the third and went on a 13-0 run to lead by 21, 73-52 with 8:04 left. Cleveland clawed its way back into the game and cut the lead to 12 points with three minutes left in the quarter.
The Warriors responded with another run, 10-0, and extended the lead to 24 points, 93-69. The third period ended with Golden State holding a 93-72 lead.
The final quarter saw the Warriors maintain a 20 point or more lead throughout. The Cavaliers were sloppy with the ball and committed 20 turnovers in the game. Conversely, Golden State tied a record for the playoffs with only 4 turnovers for the game.
Kevin Durant shone with a spectacular performance overall for the Warriors. He led all scorers with 38 points. Curry put up great numbers and scored 28 in the win.
The Cavaliers were led by James with 28 points. Kevin Love led the rebounding pulling down 21 rebounds.
Golden State has the first leg up in this best-of-seven series. The two teams will clash again on Sunday, June 4, in Oakland.
Written By D.T. Osborn
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