It was expected to be a high intensity game and it lived up to the expectations as the game went into the overtime. King James had a 44 point game, but it was not enough as Warriors snatched the game 108-100 at Oracle Arena. The problems have just begun for Cleveland as Kyrie Irving went to locker room with knee injury in the overtime. This could be the end of the NBA Finals.
The Cavs started on the front foot and took a 14 point lead in the first quarter. Great defensive blocks and rebounds from Tristan Thompson and Mozgov helped the cavs to go into the 2nd quarter with a 10 point lead. There was a moment of magic from Irving when he intercepted a pass from Green and went on to score by handling the ball in and out continuously – A point worth watching from all the 38 camera angles.
With James on the bench from the start of the 2nd quarter, Cavs were very poor and scored only 7 points from the first 7 minutes. On the other hand Warriors grabbed the oppurtunity and tied the game at 48 by a beautiful 3 pointer from the MVP Curry from the left hand side. With seconds remaining in the 2nd quarter J.R. Smith pulled off a beautiful 3 pointer to give a 3 point lead to the Cavs going into the half time.
The Cavs had a perfect start and pulled a 7 point lead within 3 minutes. But then it was time for the Splash Brothers to step in. Curry assisted a few and Klay Thompson got his jump shot accurately to keep the score board moving. But great isolation play from LeBron James helped the Cavs to keep their lead.
The 4th quarter was just a competition of missing the shots and bad passing from both the sides. But beautiful passing between Barnes and Curry gave a 3 point lead to the Warriors for the first time in the game. LeBron comes into action and tied the game at 96 with just over 2 minutes to play. With the game tied at 98 and only 20 seconds to go Curry drove inside for the game sealing 2 pointer, but Kyrie Irving appeared from nowhere to get a game saving clutch block and the commentator went “Kyrie!!! Are you kidding me??” . With seconds remaining Warriors defended well to keep the Cavs away from the hoops.
Injured Irving Leaving The Court
There is nothing much to say about the overtime. Cavs kept on missing and Stephen Curry snatched the rebounds to score or draw a foul in favour of the Warriors. Adding to the worries of Cavs, Irving limped of the court and may well be out for the whole finals. LeBron clinched a consolation 2 pointer for the Cavs and the game ended at 108-100 in favour of the Warriors- The Deserving Winners.
Obviously there will be talks about the 2 very bad decisions against the Cavs in the 4th quarter when James was clearly fouled, but the ball was given off bounds and the beautiful footwork from Mozgov to grab a 2 pointer which was denied by calling a offensive foul. But still, if any team do not score for 414 seconds in the NBA finals from the open play and miss consecutive 12 shots with 7.7% shooting accuracy in final 10 minutes, they actually do not deserve to win the game.
Despite of great isolation game from LeBron and untiring effort from the rest of the side, specially Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs choked at the very important moments in the NBA Finals – GAME 1. Maybe it is the indication that Cleveland has to wait 1 more year to see any major trophies when it looked very likely to end the 51 year drought.
On the other hand Warriors emerged as deserving winners by surviving the best of LeBron and are surely the favourites to win the championship in their first finals since 1975. It’s party time in Oakland and having MVP in their side, they might have a new chant – Keep Calm and CURRY On .