The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James' latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage.
A costly blunder by J.R. Smith and a disputed foul call involving James himself sure helped.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Warriors capitalized on Smith's mistake that sent the game into overtime, withstanding a 51-point performance by James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1 on Thursday night.
The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James' latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage to take an opening win
The party got in full swing as the Warriors took first blood with a 124-114 victory over rivals Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James was left angered by team-mate JR Smith who misread the scoreline and ended up forcing overtime
James urged his team-mate up court after Smith appeared to be running down the clock in the latter stages
Star man for the Cavaliers James (centre) was in fine form and almost single-handedly guided his side to victory
The Ohio-born superstar put in an inspired 51 points performance, but it wasn't enough for the Cavs in Oakland
A focused James had no issue with the bread and butter work of getting the ball into the basket, time and time again
The 33-year-old was visibly dismayed to finish the evening on the losing side after a stellar performance on court
The game nearly over, James jawed with both Curry and Klay Thompson, then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact. After replay review, Tristan Thompson received a Flagrant 2 foul and ejection with 2.6 seconds left.
James was in utter disbelief as regulation ended in stunning fashion: George Hill made the first of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left after being fouled by Klay Thompson, but when Smith secured the rebound of the second, he dribbled back toward halfcourt instead of shooting, apparently thinking the Cavs had a lead.
'He thought it was over. He thought we were up one,' coach Tyronn Lue said.
And why not? Both these teams were pushed to their limits in seven-game conference finals they each had to win on the road.
The Warriors held on in resilient fashion to overcome the might of James and take victory in the opening game
A smug looking Steph Curry watched on after victory was confirmed, following his 29 points performance for his side
Celebratory scenes soon erupted in the arena as players and fans realised the Warriors had wrapped up Game One
Kevin Durant was full of appreciation for the home crowd while heading to the locker room following the contest
JaVale McGee of the Golden State Warriors was quick to hit the ice packs after the game to bring down any swelling
'I can't talk about a situation that way because I do some dumb stuff on the court,' Golden State's Kevin Durant said of how the fourth quarter finished. 'I don't know what was going