Warriors edge Cavs in overtime despite 51 from James

Warriors edge Cavs in overtime despite 51 from James

I stepped in, took the contact. It's a huge play.

Durant, however, admitted that every player has done some dumb plays like that.

The Warriors have not changed much from last season, and they're just as formidable as ever. And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our (butt) off, man, it ain't right.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after being hit in the face in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Our relationship has always been a working relationship", James said.

Clarkson has been a black hole offensively, and convincing him to pass the ball to another player so they can take a shot (a concept known as an assist) should be wired into his brain.

His performance drew strong praise from Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played alongside Jordan at the Chicago Bulls. "And when I knew that, I was like, OK, that's going to be our ball". I mean they called a charge right?

Down 107-106 with 4.7 seconds left, however, George Hill could make only 1 of 2 free throws and JR Smith tried to milk the clock when he grabbed the offensive rebound thinking Cleveland had the lead.

Unlike Thursday night, Smith, who on that night four years ago shot 3-of-13 from the field and 1-of-8 from 3-point range, admitted he didn't know the score was tied. "He could have taken a shot, but he dribbled out".

Durant said he had seen that play reviewed before and was confident he would get the call once officials looked at the replay.

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We will get one phenomenal Nick Young moment, some fantastic J.R. Smith moments, Draymond Green will get tossed from at least one game.

Obviously, Golden State Warriors fans were unhappy with the result of the Finals, as they had just posted the best regular season record of all-time, and - as any fan would - thought they would run away with the Larry O'Brien trophy.

From his perspective, good things.

Golden State got a serious scare when Thompson went down after Smith slid hard into the Splash Brother's left leg at the 6:17 mark of the first quarter.

"Sometimes you need a little luck", Green said. "Nothing really. It is what it is".

"First of all he has very, very quick hands", James said.

"It's going to happen".

The NBA Finals MVP trophy is one of the few awards to have eluded Stephen Curry during his illustrious career, but he's not losing any sleep over it.

Moving on, let's explore the other hugely-underrated reasons this series will be closer than last year's.