Cavs' Farcical Error Ruins LeBron Masterclass In NBA Finals

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

I don't have to score the ball to make an impact in the basketball game, and that was my mindset when I started playing the game.

There was also a controversial call in the fourth quarter as the Akron native had seemingly drawn an offensive foul from Kevin Durant with 30 seconds left only for the officials to overturn it and pin the foul on James with Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue claiming his side were robbed because of it. Green just missed a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Golden State, which is attempting to repeat as champions.

George Hill stood at the line shooting two free throws with the Cavaliers down 107-105 with only 4.7 seconds remaining.

The Warriors quickly put the game away in overtime, and will now enter Game 2 on Saturday, Sunday (AEST) with a 1-0 series lead.

The NBA added the charge/block situation to the list of reviewable calls in the final two minutes of the game a couple of years ago.

"So I felt like the odds were against us from the summer", James continued. "When over at the table, we then are allowed to determine whether or not he was in a legal guarding position", Mauer said.

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What frustrated LeBron - and his teammates, and Cavaliers' nation on Twitter - was the reason for the review in the first place. Referees were unsure of the call and went to review, ultimately deciding that it was in fact a blocking foul, which resulted in a pair of charities for Durant, that tied the game at 104-all. "I looked over at LeBron and he looked like he was trying to get a timeout". "I saw the drive, I was outside the charge line, I stepped in, took the contact". It's a huge play. "'You have so many people looking up to you, you have so many kids to inspire, and you, yourself, you have always talked about be as great as you can be every day, ' so I kind of hit that switch before the trade deadline".

"Because it's right now, I would say yeah because I always live in the present", he said. "If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me". I make the contest, and next thing I know I was being kicked out for making a contest that we learn in training camp.

Lue, whose eyes were red as he spoke from the podium after the game, said "LeBron was clearly four feet outside the restricted area".

Asked if the loss was one of the most disappointing of his career in Finals games, James said it probably was.

Curry made a driving layup (and ensuing foul shot) with 23.5 seconds to play in regulation, giving the Warriors a 107-106 lead.

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