The Cleveland Cavaliers face a deficit in a playoff series for the first time in this postseason as they lost game one of the NBA Finals 104-89 to the Golden State Warriors.
The defeat puts the Cavs in a perilous position already against the defending champions in a rematch of the 2015 Finals.
In most cases going down 1-0 wouldn't be a reason to panic, but, against a dominant Warriors team, and the manner of their victory should set alarm bells ringing.
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Cleveland did a great job of nullifying the threat of the Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, who only shot 4-of-27 from the field, but the Dubs still came away with a 15-point win.
The supporting cast - mainly Shaun Livingston, who dropped 20 points - showed just how deep the Pacific Division franchise is and how many different ways they are able to beat you on any given night.
LeBron James, despite shooting just 9-of-23 from the field, was one assist shy of a triple-double in the encounter as he posted 23 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists as the Cavs fell short.
One positive the King can take away from the game, though it will be little consolation, is that he added another NBA record to his list of achievements, becoming the all-time leader in three-point makes in the Finals.
After knocking down two attempts from beyond the arc, the two-time champion broke Robert Horry's previous record of 56. James now holds the mark at 57 and is likely to extend that further as the Cavaliers have at least another three games to play.
Ray Allen is third on that list with 55 triples and Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant are tied for fourth with 48.
This will be merely an afterthought for LeBron as he stares a third consecutive Finals loss in the face.
After being down nine at half-time, the Cavs rallied early in the third quarter to take a one-point lead, but things quickly went downhill from there.
Led by a red-hot Livingston, Golden State racked up a 29-8 run to put the game beyond the reach of the visitors.
"We had a chance in that third quarter to do something special, but we didn't counter and do it," James said. "Didn't make it happen in the fourth quarter. So I'm looking forward to seeing the film session and seeing ways we can get better going into game two, and I think our team will as well."
On a rare night when both Curry and Thompson shot poorly, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and his players must see it as a missed opportunity to steal a game on the road.
When the MVP, in particular, had bad games in the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder took full advantage and managed to take a 3-1 lead as a result.
A defeat in game two will see the hopes of a first championship heading to Northeast Ohio diminish drastically.