Cavaliers vs. Warriors: Postgame Sound from Game 1 of 2018 NBA Finals

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 31:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors exchanges words with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Looking to defend their title and win their third championship in four years, the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 124-114 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals on Thursday night. 

There was, of course, plenty to talk about following a game that featured a classic LeBron James performance (51 points, eight assists and eight rebounds) as well as an all-time blunder.


Ty Lue on JR Smith's Gaffe: "He Thought It Was Over...He Thought We Were Up One":


Ty Lue responds to the late game events in Game 1. #GameTime https://t.co/rnuWUFF8iK


Lue Praises LeBron's "Epic" Performance:

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs

"This is @KingJames. That's why he's the best player in the world." Coach Lue reacts to tonight's epic #NBAFinals performance by LeBron. #WhateverItTakes https://t.co/O9OiLzuYKJ

J.R. Explains His Blunder

Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli

JR Smith says he knew the game was tied at the end of regulation. Was preparing for a timeout. https://t.co/vQWVqL7Mmx

LeBron on J.R.'s Mistake: "We Gotta Move On"

The Athletic @TheAthleticSF

LeBron James on J.R. Smith and on his eye, which he says “has been better” and is blurry right now. https://t.co/e5kZEYTzkM

LeBron on Controversial Foul: "It's a Huge Play"


LeBron James reacts to the overturned foul call late in Game 1. #NBAFinals https://t.co/USvoY2Fd3D

"Frustrated" LeBron Walks Off Amid J.R. Questions

The Athletic @TheAthleticSF

LeBron James on his frustration level after this loss and then clearly doesn’t want to go there when asked if he knew if J.R. Smith knew the score. Gets up and leaves, mutters, “Be better tomorrow” on his way out. https://t.co/4k6FmGvZm1

Kevin Durant Discusses Controversial Reversal


KD reacts to the overturned charge call late in Game 1. #GameTime https://t.co/MczlbUCwEP

KD on LeBron: "It's Tough to Stop Him"


"It's tough to stop him." KD on LeBron James' big performance tonight. #GameTime https://t.co/1x7EIp1z0W

Stephen Curry Discusses Late-Game Confrontation With LeBron


Steph clears the air on the late-game chatter between him and LeBron James. #GameTime https://t.co/hY9ztYPKVR

Draymond Green on J.R.'s Mistake: "You Gotta Know The Score"

The Athletic @TheAthleticSF

Draymond Green: “You gotta know the score.” And then wait until you see his face when he finds out J.R. Smith claimed he knew the score was tied. https://t.co/WgDhgoK0NL

Draymond Talks Altercation With Tristan Thompson

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Curry on the craziness of the end of the game and Draymond not taking the bait about the altercation with Tristan Thompson. https://t.co/psZgzlpkgr

Steph "Glad" To Have Draymond On His Team When Things Get Chippy 

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Steph Curry on having Draymond Green on his team when things get chippy. https://t.co/lCNwZkWwp4

Game 2 tips off at Oracle Arena at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday.