Despite James' 51, Warriors take NBA Finals opener in OT

NBA Finals Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Yes, a professional basketball player forgot what the score was in an NBA Finals game and just dribbled out the game clock.

Bad blood marred the game's end with Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green jostling, and words were exchanged between James and Klay Thompson, too.

From there, the Warriors used that momentum in overtime, kicking off with a 7-0 run.

Stephen Curry led the scoring for the Warriors and finished with 29 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.

Game 2 of the NBA Finals will tip off Sunday night at the Oracle Center in Oakland with live TV coverage available on ABC. "I don't know what was going through J.R.'s head".

In 2015, when the Golden State beat the Cavaliers to capture the franchise's first title in 40 years, the first two games of the series went to overtime - Golden State winning the opener and Cleveland game two.

"I read that play just as well as I've read any play in my career, maybe in my life". With the game tied 107-107, teammate George Hill missed a clutch free throw and JR got the rebound.

Potentially set to play his final handful of games as a member of the Cavaliers, it's rather interesting that James would speak so candidly about the Irving situation and a perceived rift with Cleveland's front office. Hill scored the first of his two attempts but missed the second, only for Cavs forward JR Smith to secure what appeared to be a crucial offensive rebound.

As the Golden State Warriors have ascended from joke to model franchise over the last four seasons, there has also come a certain amount of disdain.

"He thought we were up one", said Lue, although Smith said he knew the scores were tied. The Warriors barely won Game 3 in Cleveland previous year before getting blown out by the Cavaliers in Game 4. "Both teams played extremely tough".

LeBron James says he has a "great working relationship" with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, but dodged a question about it affecting his free agency decision this summer.

A charging call against against Kevin Durant was reviewed and overturned and called a blocking foul on LeBron James with 50.8 seconds left in regulation.

It's a devastating Game 1 loss for the Cavaliers, as you can't blow chances against the Warriors.

Schwartz: Did he think that the game was tied or did he think that you guys had it salted away? "It's going to be a tough series".

Cleveland's LeBron James drives the lane on the way to 51 points against the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night.

The Warriors have three wins to go, the Cavaliers have a mountain to climb.