Golden State Warriors have taken an early lead in the NBA Finals after beating Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening game.
Despite this season’s MVP Steph Curry having an off night, importantly his team mates were on top form as they won comfortably 104-89 in Oakland.
The defending champions go into the seven game series as favourites after completing the regular season 1st in the Pacific Division.
But instead of talking about the brilliance of Curry, Warriors coach who was far from happy with his team’s performance, Steve Kurr thanked his bench players for performing when called upon on:
“Even the best players in the world (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) have bad nights. But luckily it didn’t hurt us.”
Instead in stepped Shaun Livingston to score 20 points for his team but the lead scorer on the night was Cavaliers’ LeBron James with 23.
The second game of the best-of-seven series also takes place at Golden States’s Oracle Arena on Sunday.
The Cavaliers will be hoping to get back on level terms as they look to avenge their NBA Finals loss to the Warriors in 2015.
Warriors coach however will be looking for a new clipboard after snapping his in half during a timeout.
Watch below, video courtesy of Ximo Pierto Final.