LeBron James was a monster in Game 1 of the NBA Finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, the rest of his Cavs teammates weren't able to play at his level.
LeBron's 50 pointer
James finished Game 1 with 51 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, a steal, and a block while shooting 19-of-32 from the field. However, the Cavaliers lost the game 124-114 in overtime against the Warriors with three of their players scoring 24 or more points.
Kevin Durant finished the game with 26 points, Steph Curry had 29 points, while Klay Thompson finished with 24 points. Kevin Love was the second highest points scorer for the Cavs with 21 points, but not a single one of LeBron's other teammates reached the 20-point mark.
The four-time MVP winner, however, hardly put a foot wrong in the Game 1 loss against Golden State, and clear evidence of that can be seen in his stat line while being guarded by Durant, as well as how he did guarding against the Warriors forward.
LeBron vs Durant
According to NBA.com, LeBron was guarded by Durant on 45 possessions, and he managed to score a staggering 30 points and was 10-of-15 shooting. He also had two assists, was 2-of-3 shooting from 3, and he only had two turnovers.
On the flip side, Durant was being guarded by James on 24 possessions, and during those possessions, he only scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. LeBron clearly won the battle against the Warriors star.
Against Draymond Green, arguably the best defender in the entire NBA, James had nine possessions against him and scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. Kevon Looney was actually the best Warriors defender against LeBron, as on nine possessions, he only scored two points on 1-of-4 shooting and he also had two turnovers.
Overall, James clearly won the battle on the court against Durant, as well as several other members of the Warriors. This will be something he hopes he is able to carry over into Game 2, which takes place on Sunday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland once more.
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