Kevin Durant admits Warriors had a "good feeling" the Finals was over after J.R. Smith's blunder

2018 NBA Finals - Game One

The Golden State Warriors went into this year's NBA Finals as the overwhelming favourites against the Cleveland Cavaliers and we eventually saw why.

The Dubs secured a 4-0 sweep over the Cavs to win back-to-back championships and their third in four years.

But things could've gone so differently if the Cavaliers had not thrown away a golden opportunity to win Game 1 and produce a real shock.

With less than four seconds remaining, George Hill was fouled and sent to the free-throw line with Cleveland trailing by one.

After making the first attempt to tie the game, he missed the second. But luckily for the visitors, J.R. Smith secured the rebound and it gave them a chance to put up a potential game-winning shot.

Instead of going for the win, however, Smith made one of the biggest blunders in NBA history as he dribbled the ball out and ran down the clock thinking that his team had the lead.

It was a truly bizarre gaffe that had players on both sides confused as to what was going through his mind at that moment.

As the buzzer sounded and the game went into overtime, LeBron James was seen giving his teammate a look of disbelief at what he did.

2018 NBA Finals - Game One

It ruined a historic 51-point performance by LBJ and it was recently revealed that he suffered a broken hand as he punched a whiteboard in frustration after that loss.

The Warriors dodged a huge bullet and took full advantage as they dominated the overtime period to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

It was clear at that moment that this would turn out to be a defining play as the Cavs knew it was their one chance to win on the road against the reigning champions.

2018 NBA Finals - Game One

Even the Golden State players knew that Smith's mental lapse gave them a huge advantage.

Making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, Kevin Durant admitted that the Warriors had a "good feeling" the series was over after it happened.

He also stated that he was "happy" and not sympathetic about the mistake made by the Cavaliers guard.

Durant was certainly happier than most as that blunder covered up his poor shooting night as he went 8-of-22 from the field.

But in the end, he went on to claim his second consecutive Finals MVP award after averaging 28.8 points, along with 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists.

The Oakland-based outfit would probably have won the title even if they'd lost Game 1, but they are still grateful to Smith for giving them a huge helping hand.

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