Warriors hold off James, Cavs for 108-100 OT win in Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After an eight-day break, the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars put on quite a show.

Only one kept it up for 53 minutes.

And only one survived without a serious injury.

Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a thrilling 108-100 overtime victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

”It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win,” Curry said of the overtime.

In the finals for the first time in 40 years, the Warriors gave their long-suffering fans quite a treat. They rallied from an early 14-point deficit, absorbed a finals-best 44 points from James and shut down Cleveland in the extra session.

James shot 18 of 38 from the field and had eight rebounds and six assists in 46 minutes. But the four-time MVP missed a long jumper at the end of regulation, and Cleveland missed its first eight shots of overtime – and 12 straight going back to the fourth quarter.

”We got to do more around him,” Cavs coach David Blatt said.

Adding to the Cavs’ Ray Ban Sunglasses frustration, point guard Kyrie Irving limped to the locker room after aggravating his troublesome left knee in overtime. He did not return.

With Kevin Love already out, the Cavs obviously need Irving. He missed two games in the Eastern Conference finals because of knee and foot injuries and sounded unsure of his status for Game 2 on Sunday in Oakland.

”Obviously you can see in the tone of my voice I’m a little worried,” said Irving, who buried his head in his hands at his locker and left on crutches.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he hopes Irving is able to play the remainder of the series.

”I mean that,” Kerr said. ”You probably don’t believe me, but I mean that.”

There were 13 lead changes and 11 ties in a game tightly contested across the board. There was little edge in shooting (Warriors 44.3 percent, Cavaliers 41.5 percent), rebounding (Warriors 48, Cavaliers 45) or assists (Warriors 24, Cavaliers 19).

The biggest difference might have been the benches. The Warriors’ reserves outscored the Cavs’ 34-9, with J.R. Smith the only Cleveland reserve to score – and he was 3 of 13 from the field.

In the end, it came down to the biggest stars making plays – or not.

James and Curry carried their clubs through the fourth quarter, trading scores and assists in a back-and-forth duel in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596 – most wearing those blinding, golden yellow shirts. Both also had a chance to win the game in regulation.

Curry, the current MVP, beat Irving off the dribble and moved in for the go-ahead layup. Instead, Irving blocked Curry from behind, Smith Nike Tiempo Legacy came up with the rebound and the Cavs called a timeout with 24.1 seconds left.

James, trying to end Cleveland’s 51-year championship drought, dribbled down the clock and missed a contested jumper over Andre Iguodala just inside the left arc, and Iman Shumpert’s desperation shot nearly went in at the buzzer, sending a collective sigh through the crowd.

The Cavs never came so close again.

”I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before,” James said. ”It’s a make or miss league, and we had our chances.”

James hit a game-winning 3 over Iguodala two seasons ago with Miami from almost the same spot. Iguodala wasn’t about to let it happen again.

”I kind of knew that play he wanted to get into, just going left, step back, scarpe da calcetto and I was right there on him,” Iguodala said.

Curry drew two deep shooting fouls at the start of overtime and made all four free throws, and Harrison Barnes hit a corner 3 just in front of the Cavs bench to give Golden State a 105-98 lead with 2:02 to play that had fans screaming at full throat.

Irving, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, limped to the bench trying to shake off his troublesome left leg after the play. He was replaced by Matthew Dellavedova.

The Warriors went ahead 108-98 on free throws with 1:16 to play. James’ layup with 8.9 seconds left accounted for Cleveland’s only points in overtime.

James, who missed three shots and had two turnovers in overtime, walked off the court in frustration as time expired.

Klay Thompson, who wasn’t cleared to play until Tuesday after suffering a concussion last week, scored 21 points and Iguodala added 15 points for a Warriors team that started slow but closed with a flurry.

”That’s what we’ve been doing the whole year,” Thompson said, ”wearing down teams.”

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Cleveland is still seeking its first victory in the NBA Finals in franchise history. The Cavs were swept by San Antonio in their only previous appearance in 2007. … The Cavs had been 7-0 this postseason when James scores at least 30 points.

Warriors: Golden State is 47-3 at home this season, including 8-1 in the playoffs. … Curry has hit multiple 3s in 21 straight playoff games, tying Ray Allen’s NBA playoff record.

GETTING A JUMP

The Game 1 winner of the NBA Finals has a 48-20 series record. James’ teams are 18-2 in playoff series when winning the opener and 7-5 when losing Game 1. Curry’s Warriors are 3-1 in playoff series when winning the opening game and 1-1 when losing Game 1.

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James, Dellavedova lift Cavs over Warriors in OT, knot final

The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a big game fromLeBron James and the "King" came up huge.

James had 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists Sunday, carrying theinjury-depleted Cavs to a thrilling 95-93 overtime road victory overthe Golden State Warriors, and even the NBA finals at one gameapiece.

The gritty Cavs bounced back after dropping Thursday’s 108-100overtime opener despite 44 points from James and the loss of All-Starguard Kyrie Irving to a season-ending knee injury.

"I tried to give it all to my teammates and they do a great job ofgiving it back to me," said James, who posted his fifth career finalstriple-double. "It was a total team effort.

"It’s a very emotional win because of everything we’ve been goingthrough the last few days. "To be back in the same position we werein three days ago and to come back and even the series is big time."

Cavs coach David Blatt continued to marvel at James.

"You’d be hard-pressed to find a guy anywhere anytime that can giveyou the all-around performance and leadership for his group," hesaid. "He willed his guys to win this game. That’s what championsdo."

League MVP Stephen Curry had a nightmarish game but his two freethrows put the Warriors ahead 93-92 with 29.5 seconds left in theextra session.

James drove hard to the basket but Draymond Green rejected hisleft-handed layup.

The Cavs retained possession and after James Jones missed a corner3-pointer, Matthew Dellavedova grabbed the rebound and drew the foul.

Dellavedova, filling in for Irving, sank the go-ahead free throwswith 10.1 ticks to go.?

"He was very calm," James said of Dellavedova’s tosses. "He madeSteph work. He did a great job trying to make it tough on Steph."

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"He’s the MVP of the season and I wanted to make it tough for him,"said Dellavedova, who finished with nine points.

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James pounded his chest after the Cavs first-ever Finals win, as themore than 19,500 stunned Warriors fans wearing bright yellow T-shirtsquietly filed out of Oracle Arena.?

"It means everything to me," James said. "To be able to be a part ofhistory to get this win for this franchise, this city, all theCavaliers fans."

Timofey Mozgov had 17 points with 11 boards, while J.R. Smith netted13 for the Cavs, who received 14 rebounds from Tristan Thompson.

James praised his club in search of its first NBA championshipdespite losing All-Stars Kevin Love to a dislocated left shoulder inthe first round of the playoffs and Irving to a fractured leftkneecap in Game 1.????

"I don’t know of another team who can compete and be a force withouttwo of its All-Stars," he said. "The guys are taking that verypersonally.

"So many guys being out and being counted out, we can’t allow whateveryone is saying affect us and how we do our job on the floor. Wehave a game plan and how we execute it is all that matters. This is asmall step on our process of being great."

Thompson led Golden State with playoff career-high 34 points, whileCurry added 19 but shot a post-season worst 5-of-23 from the floorand 2-15 from behind the arc.

"It didn’t feel right but you got to keep shooting and figure itout," Curry said. "I never had a rhythm but with Klay scoring westill had a chance to win. I doubt that this will ever happen again."

Despite the stunner, Curry said the club remains upbeat in its questto end a 40-year NBA title drought.

"We’re not going to let one game alter our belief that we’re going towin the series," he said."

Cleveland hosts Tuesday’s Game 3 in the best-of-seven series.

Dodgers-Rockies Preview

Clayton Kershaw looked like his dominant self from seasons past in his latest outing but takes the ball Monday night on the road, where he has labored at times.

The Los Angeles Dodgers ace will also have to contend with a Colorado Rockies lineup that’s been highly productive of late, especially at home.

Kershaw (3-3, 3.86 ERA) fanned 10 in seven innings and walked none in an 8-0 win over Atlanta on Tuesday. His first scoreless effort in 10 starts this season also ended a three-game stretch in which he was 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA.

His stuff has been similar every time out. I feel like I’ve had to defend him, but he doesn’t need defending, manager Don Mattingly told MLB’s official website. He’s been throwing the ball well, and tonight he got the results.

Kershaw has yet to earn a win in his five starts away from Dodger Stadium, going 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA. The left-hander gave up five runs in 5 2-3 innings at Colorado on May 10 as the Dodgers rallied for a 9-5 victory.

Kershaw, though, improved to 7-0 in his last eight starts against the Rockies with a 6-4 win May 15, allowing three runs in 6 2-3 innings while striking Nike Air Max 90 Cheap out 10.

Los Angeles (29-20), which leads the season series 7-2, won both games at Coors Field in May, and the teams won’t meet again until Sept. 14-16 after this four-game series.

Colorado (22-26) has batted .211 and averaged 3.1 runs against the Dodgers this season, but is hitting .286 and averaging 5.8 runs in its last 11 games.

The Rockies, hitting .324 with 39 runs in their past five at Coors Field, are returning home following a seventh win in eight contests and a season high-tying fourth in a row Sunday, a 4-1 victory in Philadelphia.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer Scarpe Nike Air Max 90 GS Volt – his fifth in seven games – and D.J. LeMahieu went 3 for 4 with a two-run shot. Arenado is batting .429 with 14 RBIs in his last seven games and LeMahieu is batting .380 in his last 13.

We’re just playing good ball right now, Arenado said. We’re pitching great, we’re driving in runs when we need to and we’ve had a lot of success doing that.

LeMahieu is hitting .146 in his last 14 against the Dodgers and is 2 for 14 versus Kershaw in the past two seasons.

Kershaw’s team barely avoided getting shut out for the fifth time in six road games Sunday, losing 3-1 to St. Louis. Joc Pederson’s homer in the eighth was one of two hits for the Dodgers, who were blanked in a franchise-worst fourth straight road contest Friday.

Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 6.38) will try to add to those woes while building on his first win in nine starts. His 6-4 victory in Cincinnati on Wednesday ended a drought that dated back to his season debut April 6.

Kendrick gave up one run in his first seven innings before getting charged with three in the eighth while recording one out.

The right-hander has mixed results in his two starts against Los Angeles this season. He yielded one run and three hits in seven innings in a 1-0 loss May 17 and gave up six runs in 4 2-3 innings in a 7-3 defeat April 17.

Kendrick is 0-5 with a 5.14 Nike SB Dunk Low ERA in his last six starts versus the Dodgers, with his last win against them as a starter coming in 2010.

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The meeting was attended by Interior Ministry Under-Secretary Major General Khalid Salam Al Absi and security media and legal affairs directors.

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BAHRAINI professional fighter Hamza Al Kooheji was given a special welcome on return from Amman where the Mixed Martial Arts Championship’s Desert Force 17 took place recently at King Hussein Sports City, Amman Jordan.

Al Kooheji clinched the featherweight title after beating his Jordanian opponent Ghalib Al Harahsha in an action-packed title decider.

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