The Golden State Warriors, led by the league's Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, drew first blood in the best-of-seven NBA Finals with a thrilling 108-100 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One on Thursday.
Curry put the Warriors ahead at 102-98 in extra time with two pairs of free throws before forward Harrison Barnes made it 105-98 with a three-pointer at a raucous Oracle Arena in Oakland, and there was no way back from there for Cleveland.The score had been tied at 98-98 with just 31.9 seconds left in regulation before Curry was denied a layup by a superb block from Kyrie Irving, then LeBron James missed a jump shot for the Cavaliers with only 3.6 seconds remaining.
Point guard Curry scored a team-high 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting while forward James weighed in with 44, his most ever in a Finals game, in a losing cause as the Cavaliers were outscored 10-2 in overtime.
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