Los Guerreros de Golden State se mostraron como eso, Guerreros y dominantes en el primer partido de la serie final por el titulo de la NBA. Kevin Durant fue determinante con 38 puntos, 8 rebotes y 8 asistencias para que Golden State venciera a los Cavaliers de Cleveland, que son Campeones defensores, 113-91 el jueves en la noche en Oakland, California.
En muy anticipada y esperada serie de revancha, se vio una gran diferencia con relacion al año pasado.
Stephen Curry aportó 28 puntos con 3 triples y 10 asistencias, complementandose a la perfeccion con Durant y compañeros.
Por el lado de los Cavaliers, LeBron James tuvo 28 puntos con 15 rebotes y 8 asistencias, pero no fueron suficientes como para evitar los 21 puntos de diferencia, con los que al final termino el partido.
El segundo de la serie se disputará en el mismo escenario, la casa de Los Warriors el domingo.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense.
Oh, he hit from long range, too.
What a dominant NBA Finals opener with the Warriors.
Durant finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead Golden State past LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91 on Thursday night in Game 1.
As this highly anticipated rematch tipped off at last, the biggest difference from last year was clear.
Stephen Curry did his share by scoring 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this sure-to-be thrilling trilogy began, a long-expected, spectacular grand finale envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join the loaded Warriors.
James wound up with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists a day after dealing with bigotry far away from basketball. Someone painted a racial slur – the N-word – on the gate of his Los Angeles home, leaving James to address racism rather than his seventh straight Finals appearance or stopping KD. James said he would do his best to be ready for the series opener when his mind was elsewhere, concerned for his wife and children back in Ohio.
Durant punished Cleveland for leaving him free, taking the ball to the hoop for emphatic dunks as a man on a mission to deliver what he came for: a championship. He had six slams in the first half alone for the Warriors, who at 13-0 are already the first team to go this far in a postseason unblemished.
Game 2 in the series is Sunday night back at Oracle Arena with its deafening sellout crowd.