James posted the first 50-point game in the finals since Michael Jordan did it 25 years ago and had the Cavaliers in position to stun the heavily favoured Warriors in the opener before Smith's blunder turned the tide in Golden State's favour.
James' response was terse to say the least.
"I don't know his state of mind". "If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me".
Still tied 107-107, the game went to overtime and the Warriors outscored Cleveland 17-7 in the extra period. And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our (butt) off, man, it ain't right. Instead, Steve Kerr and company will likely adjust the game plan to prevent the Cavs from being this close from here on out.
The play came with about 30 seconds left and the Cavaliers leading 104-102 after James converted a three-point play as part of a 51-point night.
The two-time National Basketball Association champion also said that he hopes to get the best of James in this year's Finals. We have a great working relationship.
Asked if the loss was one of the most disappointing of his career in Finals games, James said it probably was.
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Perhaps the most exciting part of overtime was the Draymond Green-Tristan Thompson scuffle, but even then, the win was secured for the Warriors at that point.
After the game, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Smith " thought we were up [by] one [point]" but the Cavs' forward had a different version.
Perhaps the most important moment near the end of regulation came when the officials reviewed and ultimately reversed what had been called a charge on the court.
George Hill missed his second free throw and Smith grabbed the offensive rebound but instead of shooting ran the ball out past the three-point line.
Smith said after the game that he realised the Cavs were level, and " was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off.
Durant made both foul shots to tie the game. They've been to the Finals four years in a row, just like we have, for a reason. I'm pretty sure everybody didn't think I was going to shoot it over KD right there. Stephen Curry led the scoring for the Warriors and finished with 29 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Green added 13 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, five steals and two blocks.