(Reuters) Kevin Durant scored a game-high 38 points and Stephen Curry hit six three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a lopsided 113-91 win in the first game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
The highly-anticipated meeting between the defending champion Cavaliers and the top-seeded Warriors did not disappoint initially, with sensational dunks by LeBron James and Durant during a see-sawing first quarter.
But the wheels came off quickly for the visiting Cavaliers in the second half, with Durant sinking a three-pointer and Warriors center Zaza Pachulia hitting a lay-up on their way to a 10-0 run.
The final outcome was all but a formality by the start of the fourth quarter as the Warriors forged 21 points ahead.
The Warriors, who had not played in nine days, were rusty at the outset, missing shots close to the basket and looking anxious when they had possession.
"Our first half was sloppy on the offensive end, we were missing a lot of lay-ups," said Curry.
"A little gun shy with our shots. But our defense allowed us to create some momentum until we got our flow."