Warriors fans cheer for J.R. Smith ahead of Game 2

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Klay Thompson, who took a tumble in Game 1 but did not appear to be seriously affected by injury on Sunday, played cautiously as he added 20 points. Such is the miracle of modern medicine. That's especially true during the Finals, and it's not just Golden State's stars that are better than Cleveland's. Those players - Kyle Korver, Jeff Green, and Larry Nance - collectively shot 2-of-11 with 10 rebounds and three assists. And Curry's 3-point precision has been one of the most important factors in the Warriors' dynasty.

Curry finished with 33 points, while going 11-of-26 from the field and a postseason career-high 9-of-17 from 3-point range along with eight assists.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals was an epic back and forth classic that ended with controversy after Tristan Thompson was ejected for apparently throwing an elbow at Stephen Curry as he drove to the basket. The Warriors may have a harder time getting easy shots in the paint should Thompson play with more focus and determination.

For the second straight game, James didn't seem to get calls that he and many social media folks were expecting (even though he did get away with a pretty severe 3-step walk in the fourth quarter while drawing a foul on Draymond Green).

LeBron James kept Cleveland close despite Golden State's torrid shooting with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Smith was a prominent figure in Game 1 for all the wrong reasons.

Spanish guard Jose Calderon has finally reached the NBA Finals with Cleveland at age 36, a year after having been with the champion Golden State Warriors, if only for a day.

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A Golden State defense that was uncharacteristically undisciplined in Game 1 made better decisions in response, particularly from the help side.

The two could share a laugh about that moment partly because of Curry's heroics that sealed the Warriors' win.

LeBron James will need some key players to step up against the Warriors in Game 2. "I don't know what more he was looking for". On the offensive end, McGee was a revelation as both a dive man and custodian in the Warriors' offense. McGee scored the first four points of the game, setting the tone from the start for the Warriors.

The Warriors made the announcement less than an hour before Sunday's game. But the veteran reserve forward nailed a huge one from the left corner to push the Warriors' lead to 90-79 with 4.6 seconds left in the third quarter.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue essentially shrugged helplessly when asked about Livingston's contribution.

And what's high-grade postseason basketball without a little humor? He even received "M-V-P" chants from the crowd at the free throw line in the first quarter.

It was yet another late spring night in Oakland, where the Warriors played their opponent to a laugh track.