James left in disbelief after brilliant Game 1 performance

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The Cavs also had the ball with a little less than five seconds to play when guard J.R. Smith secured a rebound on a missed free throw but failed to get a shot off with the game tied at 107-107.

Warriors players say veteran big man Kendrick Perkins, who was inactive, was the most fired-up Cavalier. James was calling for the ball that entire time and could only hold his arms out in shock before walking back to the huddle for overtime.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after the game that Smith "thought we were up one" when he made his freaky decision. "I don't know his state of mind". I'm pretty sure everybody didn't think I was going to shoot it over [Kevin Durant] right there. We've just got to try to make it tougher on him. As a player, a competitive guy, I was put in a situation to help my team win a game and I didn't come through. "I don't know", the 27-year-old told reporters in the locker room on Thursday, May 31, after the game in a video shared by Sports Illustrated "That was some bullshit, but I just needed to contest". However, Smith provided a different explanation of his thought process and claimed he knew the score was tied. "So I wasn't trying to be the fifth".

After an entire day of waiting on Friday, fans finally discovered what the NBA's ruling would be regarding Thompson's availability in Game 2. Hill made the first shot but missed the second.

With 2.6 seconds left in overtime, Thompson was called for a flagrant-2 foul after he got a bit too aggressive while trying to defend a Shaun Livingston jump shot.

James gave the reporter a few non-answers, but quickly grew exhausted of hearing the same type of questions.

While matching up on the court, James and Durant could flip-flop on the career postseason scoring list.

"We had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area", Mauer said.

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And it hasn't changed Lue's belief in the Cavs' chances against the Warriors.

"I don't care if he plays or not", Thompson added. "I saw the drive, I was outside the charge line, I stepped in, took the contact".

But that hasn't stopped Smith from suggesting that Curry is nowhere near close to James.

James, who has carried his fourth-seeded Cavs to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals, said the key to success would be staying aggressive and getting his team mates involved.

Golden State pulled off the victory despite LeBron James netting 51 points - his most ever in a playoff game - Thursday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

He made 19 of 32 shots, added eight rebounds and eight assists and played almost 48 minutes for a third straight game. It started after LeBron James converted a three-point play to give Cleveland a 104-102 lead with 50 seconds left.

"We played as well as we've played all post-season and we gave ourselves a chance possession after possession after possession".

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