Warriors win Game 1 of NBA Finals despite LeBron James’ 51 points

LeBron James scored a playoff career-high 51 points but his Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday. The Warriors won 124-114 in overtime, kicking off the fourth straight Cavs-Warriors championship battle. Stephen Curry scored 29 points for the Warriors. Kevin Durant added 26, and Klay Thomson 24. Cleveland missed a chance to win with 4.7 seconds left in regulation time. Guard George Hill hit the first of two free throws, tying the game, then missed the second. Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound. Instead of shooting he dribbled toward half court and time ran out as James watched in disbelief, and the game went into overtime. Game 2 is Sunday in Oakland.

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