Golden State, which is seeking its second straight championship, routed Cleveland in Game 1 at Oracle Arena.
Golden State, which is seeking its second straight championship, needed to win the final three games of the series to set up a rematch with the Cavaliers.
Even as he spent the first 43 games of the season on the sideline while recovering from back problems, Steve Kerr always kept his finger on the pulse of the Golden State Warriors.
The NBA Finals have often been decided by the winners of key battles in areas where both teams excel and with three-pointers proving to be the weapon of choice for this year’s protagonists, fans are braced for a battery of long-range bombs.
The Golden State Warriors needed a big lift from their bench to down the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 in the NBA Finals opener in Oakland on Thursday.
Stephen Curry realizes every last man on the bench can mean so much to winning a championship.
The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):