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Dubs Steal Game 1

What in the world happened last night?

In a game that was most unusual yet most epic, the defending champion Golden State Warriors survived 51 points from LeBron James, 21 points and 13 rebounds from Kevin Love, the athleticism of Larry Nance, Jr. Jordan Clarkson, and a missed free throw from George Hill to steal Game 1 of the NBA Finals in overtime 124-114. The Dubs now lead the series 1-0.

This game had more twists and turns than a roller coaster at peak point on a Saturday afternoon. Stephen Curry helped erase an 11-point second quarter Cavalier lead with a long three-pointer as the half went dead to knot the game at 56.

The game featured 17 ties and 16 lead changes, including the exciting , epic, yet goofy end to regulation. After Stephen Curry converted a three-point play to give the Dubs a one-point lead 107-106, the Warriors committed a foul in the final seconds, sending Cleveland’s George Hill to the free throw line.

Hill knocked down his first one, tying the game at 107, but missed the second. Cleveland’s J.R. Smith grabbed the offensive rebound and dribbled away from the basket, running out the clock instead of trying to make a game-winning shot.

That miscue led to the knockout run. Durant gave Golden State the lead for good with a pair of free throws a minute into the extra period, and Thompson followed with the first of his two 3-pointers in overtime. Livingston had a pair of baskets to extend the Warriors’ overtime run to 9-0 before Green ultimately delivered the knockout blow with his second trey of the game.

Stephen Curry tallied 29 points, Kevin Durant chipped in with 26, while Klay Thompson added 24 points. Game two is Sunday night at 8pm at Oracle Arena.

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