Mike Brown to coach Game 1 of NBA Finals

EPA  DAVID MAXWELL

EPA DAVID MAXWELL

Both teams look really strong this year.

Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks time and again, finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his first NBA Finals for Golden State and leading the Warriors past LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91 this afternoon in Game 1.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points for Cleveland while Levin Love had 15 points and 21 rebounds for the Cavs, who outrebounded the Warriors 59-50.

Stephen Curry scored 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this sure-to-be thrilling trilogy began at last, a long-expected, spectacular grand finale envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join the loaded Warriors. The Cavs average 2.5 more 3-pointers a game, and have a.5 percent greater field goal percentage in the playoffs.

Durant, who also had eight rebounds and eight assists, dominated inside early, setting a one-game career record with six slam dunks in the first half.

The Warriors are looking to avenge themselves after letting a 3-1 lead slip away in the finals past year, and, if the rest of the playoffs are any indication, I think they're in the flawless position to do just that.

Game two is back at Oracle Arena on Sunday.

The Warriors beat Cleveland for the 2015 crown but squandered a 3-1 lead previous year as the Cavs made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.

Durant's only other Finals ended at the hands of LeBron and Miami in 2012. He's in better health now, even while wearing a sleeve over his elbow to protect some swelling.

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Cavaliers: James' 3-pointer in the third quarter moved him past Reggie Miller (320) for second place on the National Basketball Association postseason list, which is led by Ray Allen with 385.

In order for Golden State to sign Durant to a maximum possible extension, the team would have to renounce its rights to 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and fellow free agent Shaun Livingston to create room under the salary cap.

Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr had hoped to feel well enough to return to the bench but stayed behind the scenes in the locker room as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery almost two years ago.

James had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, the first time in his career he managed a playoff double-double before halftime.

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