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June 2, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) shoots a basket against Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in game one of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Takes Game 1 Of NBA Finals

The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors started off the NBA finals with a 1-0 lead thanks to a 104-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night in Oakland.  The Warriors showed they were more than just the Splash Brothers—in fact the duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson only totaled 20 points and went 8-for-27  shooting on the night.

Curry however, wasn’t too upset about his individual performance, but rather embraced his teammates’ successes of the night. 

What really set the Warriors apart in this game was their bench. Three of their bench players, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, and Andre Iguodala all scored in double figures. Livingston put up the highest amount of points for the Dubs—scoring 20 points. Barbosa, who returned from a minor back injury added 11 points and shot 5-for-5, and 2015 finals MVP Andre Iguodala added 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists as well as tough defense on LeBron James despite getting an aggravating hard hit to the groin by Cavs back up point guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Livingston says that anyone on that team should be ready to make an impact on whichever day. 

Seven total Warriors scored in double figures. In addition to Livingston, Barbosa and Iguodala, four starters contributed double digit scoring as Draymond Green added 16 points, Harrison Barnes 13, Curry 11, and Andrew Bogut 10.

For the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving led the way with 26 points while LeBron added 23, and Kevin Love had 17. James, at his sixth straight NBA Finals, also added 12 rebounds and nine assists, but the Cavs shot just 38.1 percent from the floor. A little bit of hope came around for the Cavs as they led 68-67 in the third quarter but the Dubs responded with a 15-0 run to go up 82-68 with 10:11 left in the game.

Up next is Game 2, which will also take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Sunday at 8 p.m.

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