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MVP vs. MVP.

LeBron James chased Stephen Curry off the dribble for too long, and that’s never a good sign for anyone standing opposite the reigning unanimous MVP. Curry went in and out a few times around the perimeter, where he’s a threat from no matter how far out, and LeBron fell for a few head fakes.

One final one behind the line got LeBron to completely bite, and Curry was able to drive to the rim and finish around him and Kevin Love.

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It’s only one game, but the NBA Finals may turn into a coronation if KD plays like this.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant just had one of the great games of his career, and all anyone wanted to talk about on Twitter was whether it was fair. That’s the burden for becoming the living avatar of Warrior exceptionalism, and it’s difficult to consider Durant in any context other than his immediate surroundings.

Make note of how he operates with such grace in the space afforded by his skilled teammates, and it becomes a reminder of just how obscenely talented the Warriors have become. Comment on their fluid passing and unselfish movement, and it feels like a backhanded slap at his former team.

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Thompson shot poorly, but he outscored his assignment on a better shooting percentage because of some incredible defense on Cleveland’s Big 3.

Klay Thompson shot just 3-of-16 from the field in the Warriors’ Game 1 NBA Finals win over the Cavaliers on Thursday. He didn’t make any of his five three-point attempts, scored only six points, and missed shots a three-time All-Star and former three-point champion would salivate over.

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