Not eight minutes into the contest, Stephen Curry tossed an errant pass through traffic from the sideline after a dead ball. He was really looking for Klay Thompson, who appeared to offer a cut before pulling away.
Curry threw the pass anyway, and instead the ball somehow squeaked all the way through a sea of Warriors and and Cavaliers, and into the hands of Kevin Durant on the opposite sideline.
In recovery, James, who somehow missed the fortunate pass despite its traveling mere feet from his face, darted at Durant, who made LeBron fall as he sped past him for an easy dunk.
Here’s the play, with more on the lucky pass from analyst Jeff Van Gundy.
After losing 113-91, James said that Durant, who finished with 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting to go with eight rebounds and eight assists, stood out in Game 1.
“I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason, you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that’s what stands out,” LeBron said.
“I mean, it’s no ifs, ands or buts. It is what it is. We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us.”
James scored 28 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and dished eight assists—but also committed eight turnovers, twice as much as the Warriors committed in the contest.
“It started with myself having some turnovers, especially in the first half. I pride myself on not turning the ball over, and I did it too much,” James said.