Smith finished the game with 10 points himself. So if the Warriors end up steamrolling the Cavs like everyone in the world expects them to? While Durant had the better position, the ball arched over him. "They obviously changed it to a blocking foul because [James] was moving".
But James himself is now out here admitting that he called up the Cavaliers' brass in hopes of preventing an Irving trade last summer. "I seen the drive, I was outside the charge line, stepped in and took the contact". It's a huge play.
Yikes. Get your stories lined up before you talk to reporters next time.
James appeared to draw a charge on Durant.
Golden State got a serious scare when Thompson went down after Smith slid hard into his left leg at the 6:17 mark of the first quarter.
The Cavs, who finished the season with a 50-32 record, looked in position to pull off the win when, with just seconds left in regulation, guard George Hill missed a free throw but team mate J.R. Smith snatched the rebound near the basket.
While the Cavaliers missed their first five shots of overtime, the Warriors ran off nine consecutive points.
Freaky finish to Game 1 as J.R. Smith dribbles out clock with game tied.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was equally in disbelief of the call, saying it had never been done before, especially on such a big stage. "But I think it's worked out for us both in these four years so far since I've been back".
Smith denied that interpretation, insisting he knew the game was tied.
"I guess the rule is you can review - you can review the call if it's inside or outside the restricted, is the rule that I know", Lue said.
"The reason for the trigger is that we had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area", Mauer said. "Now I have got to get into the postseason'". "I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off", Smith said.
Former NBA referee Steve Javie broke down the play after the game on "SportsCenter", making clear just how close the call was. James contributed eight rebounds and eight assists. Cleveland will rue wasting an incredible LeBron performance, but if anything, the end to Game 1 has reframed the conversation about the 2018 Finals.
LeBron went on to recap the ups and downs of this season and said he didn't really have a championship on his mind.
Twitter could not believe what they saw and had the memes ready to go.
Greg Logan has worked for Newsday since 1982 covering a wide array of sports and events, now including the Brooklyn Nets beat.
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