Rihanna star of National Basketball Association finals opener

Cleveland Cavaliers' Le Bron James is stuffed by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in 2007. Reuters

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Durant also did a good job defensively in his 1-on-1 matchups with James, who still managed 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists but also turned the ball over eight times.

"A lot of us have been through both sides of a championship run and a Finals", Curry said.

For context, the Warriors are a ideal 13-0 - never been done before in the National Basketball Association playoffs - are blowing out teams more so than any in playoff history on a nightly basis.

"They're the best I've ever seen", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

Durant and the Warriors dominated the game, winning 113-91, but even that didn't phase Rihanna, who had uncharacteristically stayed for the whole game. Game 2 was a complete blowout as Golden State cruised to 110-77 victory and many considered Cleveland to be dead in the water.

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That's not to say Thursday's loss wasn't in the least bit concerning, but James has been in this position plenty of times before. Sure, the Warriors won a record 73 games a year ago but in the end they failed to hold a 3-1 Finals lead as Cleveland rallied back in the series to win Game 7 and steal a title in Oakland. LeBron had a nice game despite the turnovers but he needs more help, especially from Love who shot just four of 13 from the field and Tristan Thompson who finished scoreless while grabbing just four rebounds.

Durant's only other Finals ended at the hands of LeBron and Miami in 2012. So they're playing good basketball.

Curry sported a fresh haircut for the occasion and the two-time reigning MVP initially wore a black sleeve on his shooting arm to protect a tender elbow that still had some swelling, but he quickly removed it and found his stroke. Golden State finally warmed up after nine days off, while the Cavs had a six-day break since beating Boston in the Eastern Conference finals. Golden State is averaging 13.0 turnovers per contest, while Cleveland is coming in at 13.4. When the Cavs left him unguarded on the perimeter, Durant hit 3-pointers. "Uncharacteristic with the number of guys that turned the ball over, but we have to credit those guys for creating some of the turnovers"."You cannot simulate what they bring to the table", James, whose Cavaliers committed 20 turnovers in the loss, said after the game.From being a win away from completing a historic campaign in which they set the record for most wins in a regular season, to being crying Jordan face'd into oblivion, the Warriors suffered the ultimate fall from grace."There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said.

Still, if Kerr is up to returning to the bench, that is where the Warriors will want him to be, regardless of how they've fared with him absent.

"He can just go get a bucket", Green said. I'm going to say we'll have a sighting of Klay (Thompson) on offense as well as on defense.

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