Shaun Livingston.

The Warriors' supporting cast come up big as they take a 1-0 lead over the Cavaliers

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The Golden State Warriors claimed game one of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers behind an impressive showing from their supporting cast. 

Neither of the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry or Klay Thompson, had a good game, but the franchise once again showed its "Strength in Numbers" as multiple players stepped up and carried the load on behalf of their stars.

Shaun Livingston was the standout player for the Dubs as he ended with a team-high 20 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting as he ignited a 20-4 run in the second half that blew the game wide open.

Draymond Green was the only member of Golden State's big three that had a big impact on the game as he almost recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.

Leandro Barbosa was also huge off the bench as he went 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points. Despite starting on the bench, Andre Iguodala notched 36 minutes and just like in the 2015 Finals, was a big factor against the Cavs once again. 

Iggy added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists off the bench whilst playing some outstanding defence, particularly on LeBron James. 

There won't be many occasions where Curry and Thompson shoot a combined 8-of-27 from the field for just 20 points and the Warriors still come away with a big victory, but it's a testament to the collective talent they have throughout their roster. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game One

In total, the Oakland-based outfit had seven players in double figures with Harrison Barnes (13) and Andrew Bogut (10) setting the tone early in the game. 

Coming into game one, all the talk was about Curry and LeBron, but as is so often the case in the Finals, the production of the others proves vital and in this instance the Warriors' bench comprehensively outplayed Cleveland's, outscoring them 43-10.

For the Cavaliers, this must go down as a missed opportunity as they are unlikely to come up against a below-par Curry and Thompson on the same night for much of the series. 

The Wine and Gold's contributions on the floor worked in complete contrast to the home team. Their big three of James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving did their part offensively as expected, but they had little to no help from their supporting cast.  

2016 NBA Finals - Game One

Kyrie had a game-high 26 points, LeBron was one assist shy of a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists and Love added a double-double of his own with 17 points and 13 boards. 

Tristan Thompson was the only role player in double figures as he put up 10 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

If the Cavs are to stand any chance of winning the championship, they will need a lot more from the rest of the team. J.R. Smith and Channing Frye, who have been among the best three-point shooters in the playoffs, were non-factors in this encounter. 

The duo only put up four shots between them, connecting on just one attempt from behind the arc. 

Cleveland has already dug itself a hole to get out of and that's easier said than done against a resurgent Warriors team.

If the men from the Bay Area protect home court and win game two, it would be safe to assume that the rematch that was so eagerly anticipated will be as good as over. 

Eastern Conference
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division

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