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Despite an exciting first half, the Cavaliers let Game 1 slip away quickly in the second half.

The Golden State Warriors ran away with Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91. After a breathtaking first half, Cleveland was smothered on defense in the third quarter as Golden State put on their customary show of second-half force.

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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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Golden State probably won’t play like this all series, but their Game 1 showing might not be beatable.

Of the 30 NBA teams, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the best two. This isn’t something up for debate — their pedigrees, their players, and their nearly immaculate playoff runs make it clear that these two teams facing each other in the finals are the very, very best that this sport can offer us.

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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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The latest medical news regarding Bosh isn’t good for his comeback hopes, but it doesn’t completely rule them out, either.

Chris Bosh has not retired. Instead, a joint medical review by the NBA and the players’ union has ruled that Bosh’s illness that caused him to miss the entirety of the 2016-17 season was a career-ending one, according to the Miami Sun Sentinel. For Bosh himself, he still hasn’t ruled out a return to the league.

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