Cavs vs. Warriors: Score, updates, highlights from Game 1 of NBA Finals

Here we go again. It’s time for Part IV of the Cavs-Warriors saga.

Both teams enter Thursday night’s Game 1 matchup coming off grueling seven-game series in the conference finals. The Cavs defeated the Celtics on Sunday behind a 35-point, 15-rebound, nine-assist performance from LeBron James, who is having arguably the best all-around individual playoff run in NBA history. This series marks James’ ninth trip to the NBA Finals, more than all but four NBA teams (Lakers, Celtics, Warriors and 76ers).

The Warriors outlasted the Rockets on Monday night in Houston, giving themselves a shot to win a third title in four seasons. Kevin Durant is expected to deliver another strong showing after earning last year’s Finals MVP award. He is averaging 32.9 points per game in the Finals, third behind only Ricky Barry (36.3) and Michael Jordan (33.6) among qualified players.

Can the Cavs escape Oracle Arena with a win? Or will the Warriors overpower Cleveland in front of their home crowd? Follow along below for live updates from Game 1 of the NBA Finals…

Cavs vs. Warriors: Score, updates, highlights

Game 1 box score

10:57 p.m. ET — Jeff Green scores his first points of the game off a beautiful bounce pass from LeBron james.

End of third quarter: Warriors 84, Cavs 78

10:52 p.m. ET — The Cavs managed to survive the third quarter, only losing the period by six points. Golden State played some classic Warriors offense, incorporating multiple players and moving the ball. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each have 21 points with 12 minutes to go…

10:42 p.m. ET — LeBron James refuses to go down quietly. He’s got 36 points with four minutes to go in the third.

10:34 p.m. ET — Celtics legend Bill Russell is enjoying some NBA Finals action.

10:27 p.m. ET — Well, that was fast. Kevin Durant kicks off a 10-3 run for the Warriors to open the third. We should just expect it at this point.

Halftime: Cavs 56, Warriors 56

10:12 p.m. ET — Stephen Curry’s 30-footer at the buzzer ties the game before halftime. The two-time MVP has 18 points and six assists in 21 minutes. LeBron James is once again doing it all for the Cavs with 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and four assists. Let’s see if Cleveland can avoid being smothered in the third quarter like so many other Golden State opponents.

10:01 p.m. ET — OK, so maybe Klay Thompson is fine.

9:55 p.m. ET — LeBron James cannot be stopped. He’s got 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, and he’s attacking the basket any time a driving lane opens up.

9:47 p.m. ET — Get out of his way. LeBron James with authority.

End of first quarter: Cavs 30, Warriors 29

9:40 p.m. ET — The Cavs take a one-point advantage to the bench after 12 minutes. LeBron James already has 12 points (4-of-4 shooting) and three assists, and Kevin Love looks good in his return from a concussion with nine points and four rebounds. Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 11 points, including two deep 3-pointers.

9:30 p.m. ET — Uh oh. Klay Thompson goes down after an awkward collision with JR Smith. He appeared to hurt his knee on the play. He’s heading back to the locker room.

9:21 p.m. ET — The Curry-to-Durant connection is just fine, but the Cavs have an early three-point advantage midway through the first quarter.

9:15 p.m. ET — The first points of the 2018 NBA Finals go to… LeBron James.

9:02 p.m. ET — The defending champs are ready to roll. Tipoff is almost here. Who ya got?

8:45 p.m. ET — Your Game 1 starters…

Cavs: George Hill, JR Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson

Warriors: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

8:30 p.m. ET — These Cavs fans are not afraid to enter hostile territory. Game 1 coming up in 30 minutes!

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