Warriors' supporting cast leads game one victory
Stephen Curry realises every last man on the bench can mean so much to winning a championship.
As he and Klay Thompson endured rare off nights that even featured Curry tossing his mouthpiece in frustration, the NBA Most Valuable Player's supporting cast made all the timely shots and all the difference for the defending champions in Game one of the NBA Finals.
Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Shaun Livingston scored a personal post-season best of 20 and Golden State's bench came up big as the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 on Thursday night to move three wins from a repeat title.
Curry and Thompson? They totalled gasp! 20 points between them on eight-for-27 shooting, each knocking down a late three-pointer.
"You don't win championships without the entire squad coming in and making an impact on games," Curry said. "That's why we're here."
Golden State's bench outscored the Cavs' reserves 45-10 in the opener of this finals rematch, which the Warriors reached even with Curry missing six games with injuries in the postseason.
Game Two is tomorrow night back at Oracle Arena, and James knows Cleveland must adjust immediately.