NBA Finals 2018: Stephen Curry breaks 3-point record

LeBron's furious reaction to J.R. Smith's game-changing mistake became first Finals meme

Well Golden State fans appreciated Smith's blunder so much they gave him a standing ovation ahead of the second game. But Thompson improved overnight Saturday into Sunday. The defending champions got off to a hot start with 7-7 shooting and kept rolling.

While Golden State possess multiple scoring options on offense, Cleveland continued to struggle with finding a support network for LeBron James and Kevin Love in the game opener. Just 2 for 10 at halftime, he made all four shots, including three 3-pointers, and is up to 20 points. If they are to avoid the dreaded 4-0 sweep, they will need to make some serious adjustments when they head back to Cleveland for the next two games.

But Golden State star forward Kevin Durant suffered a knee injury that appeared serious and suddenly the Warriors wanted a forward as a precaution. Thompson scored 24 points in 45 minutes. James had a monster game to keep Cleveland in it through, pouring in 51 points to go with eight boards and eight assists.

"The game's over. There's nothing we can do about it", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "He was remorseful. I've got to do all I can to be right for tomorrow".

"From what I saw, he's looking pretty good, pretty happy, pretty upbeat", Curry said.

Smith was involved in another moment during the contest that took center stage as he slipped on the floor and undercut Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, undercutting him and injuring his ankle. The Warriors won't have Klay Thompson at full strength, so Smith can take advantage of weaker perimeter defense. Reacting to taunting from the Warriors' Draymond Green after the ejection, Thompson then shoved the ball in Green's face. In the meantime, Kerr says Iguodala had even entered the huddle and given suggestions.

"He has gotten better gradually, but there's no way of knowing for sure at this point", Kerr said. "He's been a great mentor for the younger guys in this group the last few years". But the benches and role players, on paper and with Iguodala sidelined, are closer than we think. It remains to be seen how effective he can be on the court.

Cleveland isn't the kind of team that's going to be able to hide that many holes in a Finals matchup.

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