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Durant delivers in Game 1

 
Warriors guard Stephen Curry warms up before Game 1 against the Cavaliers. It’s the first time the same teams have met in three straight NBA Finals.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry warms up before Game 1 against the Cavaliers. It’s the first time the same teams have met in three straight NBA Finals.
Published June 2, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks time and again, finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his first NBA Finals, leading the Warriors past LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers 113-91 Thursday in Game 1.

Stephen Curry scored 28 with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this much-anticipated series began, envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join loaded Golden State.

LeBron 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 on the gate of his Los Angeles home, leaving James to address racism rather than his seventh straight Finals appearance or stopping KD.

Durant punished Cleveland for leaving him free, taking the ball to the hoop for emphatic dunks. 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.

"I think the start … we were a little too anxious and we missed some layups, we gave up some open shots," Durant said. "I think we just locked in from the second quarter on."

Kyrie Irving, who hit the deciding 3 with Curry's hand in his face last June as Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win the city's first major team title in 52 years, scored 24. Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 15 points, while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless.