Golden State Warriors withstand LeBron James’ 51 points to win opener

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Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green exchange words.

Ultimately, the Warriors came away understanding they dodged a bullet, while the Cavs felt cheated by the refs.

A driving layup by LeBron James with 32 seconds to play gave the Cavs a 106-104 lead.

On his way out, he tells the reporter "be better tomorrow". Green argued the foul call, but clearly slapped James in the face.

After the game, James was asked about Smith's mental breakdown. I stepped in, took the contact. "It was a huge play, a huge play. I don't give up on any of my [teammates]". "You saw what happened in overtime".

"I don't know his state of mind". "I don't know what else to say".

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"George (Hill) shot the free throw". Needing a triple-pointer to equalise with just 5 seconds to go, Curry took a shot from near the half-court line, hitting the bull's eye, as it went straight through the hoops. He appeared to dribble out the clock as if the Cavs were ahead instead of taking a shot or finding an open man. It's not like we're not the best friends, and I don't think you should be best friends with a player and an owner shouldn't be best friends unless I'm your father and that's my son, and, OK, cool we could be great then.

However, some people aren't convinced that Smith really knew that the game was tied at that moment. "I mean this game is over and done with we had our opportunities", James said.

One thing that did not go the Cavs' way was a blocking call on James, which officials initially ruled as a charge against Warriors forward Kevin Durant with the change of decision allowing Golden State to tie the game in the final minute.

Warriors' point guard Steph Curry said: "It was a insane game, I think all Game 1s are just different in their own right because you're having to adjust to a certain style of play, a different team". However, Smith provided a different explanation of his thought process and claimed he knew the score was tied.

Golden State's Stephen Curry scored 29 points as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 26 and 24 points respectively. "They have a guy who is playing basketball at a level that I'm not sure anybody's ever seen before, so it's going to be a tough series". He's got a really good group of teammates around him, and they put a lot of pressure on you.

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