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LeBron James’ 44 not enough as Warriors top Cavs in OT, 108-100

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The Golden State Warriors dominated in overtime and held the Cleveland Cavaliers to just two points as they prevailed, 108-100 in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals on Thursday. 

LeBron James scored a game-high 44 points and added eight rebounds and six assists on 18-for-38 from the field, but it wasn’t enough as Cleveland managed just 29 percent from beyond the three-point line. They also struggled from the free-throw line with a 68.4 percent mark. 

Stephen Curry propelled the Warriors’ effort, pacing the squad with 26 points on an efficient 10-for-20 shooting. He added eight assists and committed just four turnovers. Andre Iguodala was efficient off the bench, going 6-of-8 and adding 15 points in the winning effort. 

The story of the game was parity. The Cavs shot 41.5 percent from the field while Golden State managed 44.3 percent. The Warriors narrowly won the rebounding margin, 48-45. Both teams committed 12 turnovers apiece. 

The difference was beyond the arc and at the charity stripe as Golden State shot 90.9 percent from the free throw line and 37 percent from deep. 

Game 2 will be on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT at Oracle Arena. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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