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

But it was all worth it as the Warriors put a hurting on the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 to convincingly take Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Games 1 through 6 a year ago were not close until a thrilling Game 7. "112-111, they go back to Cleveland, 1-1".

Then she got loud, yelling "brick!" at Durant before he shot a free throw.

None of that applied to the Warriors.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points for the Cavs.

Struggling with turnovers and defensive communication, the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are counting on learning from their mistakes to fight their way back in the NBA Finals. It was a Kevin Durant and Steph Curry show for the Warriors in game 1 as they set the tone for the entire game.

But Durant quickly extinguished the "the Warriors are going to carry him to a cheap ring" narrative with a monstrous game. Curry probably the best shooter in National Basketball Association history. Meanwhile, the Warriors have time to think about the things they didn't do well. Or, Curry just had the space to pull up.

The Warriors, who usually suffer from turnover troubles, only committed four turnovers throughout the game. Cleveland rang up 116.3 points per game against Boston, led by 29.3 per game from LeBron James. The Warriors missed 15 layups in the first half. Cleveland has to find a better balance. He won't get six dunks in the first half of another game.

Last year, the Warriors earned the dubious distinction of being the first team to lose the best-of-seven series after leading 3-1. They took care of the ball and were sharp with their passes.

The turnovers were an issue all night, with James committing eight of them.

I haven't seen the Cavs allow so many wide open driving lanes since pretty much the entirety of the regular season. His presence also forced James to work on the defensive end, sapping some needed energy he needs on offense if Cleveland is going to keep up with Golden State. Cleveland will have to slow down a team that has been clobbering teams by 16.3 points per game in the postseason.

But it starts with turnovers.

Brown urged Kerr to wait until game time to make a final decision about coaching Game 1, but Kerr felt he needed to string together several good days in a row before returning.

Well, chalk up one for the obvious.

"It wasn't just the third quarter, it was the whole game".

"Yeah, I won't get into that", Durant laughed.

The Warriors were dominant inside with rebounding and scoring during the first half.

"We could be a lot better than we were tonight", Durant said.

"It's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing". LeBron will be more efficient. There was a 14-5 Golden State edge in second-chance points before halftime.