Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Warriors withstand LeBron's 51 points in wild OT win

Warriors withstand LeBron's 51 points in wild OT win

The result: Golden State Warriors 124 (Curry 29, Durant 24) bt Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (LeBron 51, Love 12). Instead, J.R.'s mistake caused Cleveland players to get so emotional and temperamental by the end of overtime that Tristan Thompson tried to punch Draymond Green and LeBron James shoved Steph Curry after the two exchanged trash talk with two seconds left in the game. For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, I mean, it's bad.

A team doesn't get many second chances against great teams in the playoffs.

Instead, the veteran bizarrely opted to dribble the ball out and kill the clock as he inexplicably thought the Cavaliers had the lead. James was calling for the ball that entire time and could only hold his arms out in shock before walking back to the huddle for overtime.

Lue said Smith thought the Cavs were ahead but Smith said he thought the game was tied and was trying for a final shot.

"It was a tie ballgame and we had a timeout", Smith said, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

"We know LeBron is going to keep coming down and trying to get a mismatch in the next match even more so we have to be prepared and rebound".

That individual effort was nearly enough to overcome the trifecta of Klay Thompson (24), Steph Curry (29 points) and Kevin Durant (26) combining for 79 points. "Now I have got to get into the postseason'".

The meager output might have been enough to support James if Smith had been more alert.

Smith was asked about the blunder after the game.

Still tied 107-107, the game went to overtime and the Warriors outscored Cleveland 17-7 in the extra period. For the fourth year running, the National Basketball Association finals feature Golden State and Cleveland, although it may be more accurate to say that the finals are being contested by Golden State and LeBron James.

On his way out, he tells the reporter "be better tomorrow". I knew I was outside the charge line, and I knew I took the hit. "It was a huge play, a huge play".

James answered with an impressive drive, changing hands in midair before scoring to give the Cavs the lead.

The win gives the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the fourth straight Finals matchup between the two teams.

James scored 51 points, the sixth 50-point game in NBA Finals history, and also added eight rebounds and eight assists in defeat. He's been doing it for us all season.

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