Golden State’s bench outperformed Cavs’ reserves 45-10 as the defending NBA champions take game 1 104-89 Thursday Night in the opener of this finals rematch.Game one was all about the reserves. Shaun Livingston led the Warriors in scoring with a personal postseason best 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting in 24 minutes.
Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. 2015 finals MVP Iguodala had 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and played great defense on Lebron James. Leandro Barbosa returned from a minor back injury to score 11 points.
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson finished a combined 8-for-27 shooting and 20 points. Their fewest combined total in two years. They would both knock down late 3-pointers to seal the win.
Cleveland would hang around in this contest after halftime even taking a one point lead in the 3rd quarter before the Warriors started a 15-0 run.
Lebron James finished with 23 points on 9-for-21 shooting, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Cleveland as a team shot 38.1 percent from the floor. Kyrie Irving, who left the finals last year in Game 1 due to a knee injury, scored 26 points on 7-for-22 shooting, four rebounds, three steals. Kevin Love, who made his first NBA finals appearance added 17 points on 7-for-17 shooting, 13 rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Kerr stuck with regular starter Harrison Barnes, and he delivered 13 points. Curry had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Thompson scored nine points.
Cleveland will need to go back to the drawing board for Game 2 which takes place Sunday Night. They turned the ball over 15 times, shot the ball poorly and was outscored in bench points. JR smith was a big question mark tonight as he went 1-for-3 shooting and three points in 36 minutes.