The wait for the 2018 NBA Finals is over, and just like many predicted in October, the Golden State Warriors are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 at Oracle Arena.
The star power is incredible, with LeBron James leading the underdog Cavs against the Warriors’ foursome of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
It’s the fourth consecutive season these teams have met in the NBA Finals, a record for any of the four major North American pro sports leagues.
The Warriors have won Game 1 in each of the three previous Finals series. Will they do it again Thursday night?
Follow our Game 1 live blog for score updates, highlights and analysis.
FINAL, Warriors win 124-114
Overtime, 0:02, 122-114 Warriors: Tristan Thompson just got ejected for an elbow on Shaun Livingston. Then, Thompson and Draymond Green got into it.
Overtime, 0:47, 122-111 Warriors: The Warriors are on fire in OT. Klay Thompson hits another 3-pointer.
Overtime, 3:01, 114-107 Warriors: The Warriors started OT on a 7-0 run and are in complete control.
End of regulation, 107-107
Fourth quarter, 0:05, 107-107: George Hill got fouled, but missed the second free throw. J.R. Smith got the rebound, but instead of shooting a potential game-winning shot, he dribbled out the clock. It was an all-time bad blunder.
Fourth quarter, 0:20, 107-106 Warriors: LeBron James scored to give the Cavs the lead, then Stephen Curry scored, got fouled, and hit the free throw.
Fourth quarter, 0:36, 104-104: Kevin Durant committed an offensive foul as LeBron James drew the charge. But the call was overturned to a blocking foul, somehow. Durant hit two free throws to tie the score.
Fourth quarter, 0:50, 103-102 Cavs: LeBron James scores, plus a foul, and the Cavs lead with less than a minute to play.
Fourth quarter, 1:19, 102-101 Warriors: Kevin Love hits a 3-pointer and it’s a 1-point game.
Fourth quarter, 2:40, 100-98 Warriors: Back-to-back buckets for LeBron James and the Cavs are close again.
Fourth quarter, 4:37, 100-94 Warriors: Back-to-back 3-pointers by Draymond Green and Stephen Curry put the Warriors back on top.
Fourth quarter, 6:43, 92-91 Cavs: LeBron James hits a layup and the Cavs have their first lead since the second quarter.
The Warriors have missed their first six 3-point shots of the fourth quarter.
Fourth quarter, 8:52, 89-88 Warriors: Back-to-back 3-point shots by Kyle Korver and Jeff Green cut the lead to one and the Warriors call a timeout.
Fourth quarter, 9:41, 86-82 Warriors: LeBron James dunks and now has 38 points.
End of third quarter, 84-78 Warriors
Third quarter, 1:15, 82-75 Warriors: The Warriors just went on a run 9-2 run and lead by seven. The Cavs just called a timeout.
Third quarter, 3:27, 73-73: LeBron James is on fire.
Third quarter, 5:26, 68-68: The Cavs have scored seven straight points after another 3-pointer by LeBron James, who’s up to 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting (7-for-8 at the free throw line) in just 27 minutes.
Third quarter, 6:02, 68-65 Warriors: LeBron James hits a long 2-point shot and the Cavs are back within three points of the lead. George Hill just picked up his fourth foul, but he’s remaining in the game.
Third quarter, 9:02, 66-59 Warriors: JaVale McGee surprisingly started the second half and Golden State began the quarter on a 10-3 run, including four points from McGee.
Second quarter, 0:00, 56-56: We had an exciting end to the half. Draymond Green clobbered LeBron James in the face and picked up a technical foul. James hit all three free throws to put the Cavs up 56-53, but Stephen Curry hit a very long 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the score.
Second quarter, 1:04, 53-53: A quick run for the Warriors, punctuated by a Kevin Durant dunk on a 3-on-1 break, has tied the score.
Second quarter, 5:30, 49-40 Cavs: George Hill hits a 3-pointe then steals the inbound pass and Larry Nance Jr. scores another basket to give the Cavs their largest lead of the night.
Second quarter, 6:25, 44-40 Cavs: Klay Thompson has returned, and he’s back to hitting 3-pointers.
Second quarter, 7:48, 42-35 Cavs: Cleveland is shooting 59 percent, and Golden State is just 2-for-11 on 3-pointers. LeBron James now has scored 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Larry Nance Jr. has supplied six points and four rebounds in just four minutes off the Cavs bench.
Second Quarter, 11:07, Cavs 32-31: LeBron James is getting to the basket with ease.
End of First Quarter, Cavs 30-29
Here are some first-quarter stats:
First quarter, 2:48, 27-26 Warriors: An encouraging update for Klay Thompson.
First quarter, 4:26, 24-21 Cavs: LeBron James is up to 12 points in eight minutes. Nick Young came off the Warriors bench for Thompson. Kevin Love is playing well in his first game back from a concussion. He has seven points with three rebounds already.
First quarter, 5:27, 20-17 Cavs: J.R. Smith collided with Klay Thompson and the Warriors forward took a shot to his left knee, forcing him to go to the locker room.
Watch the play below.
First quarter, 6:50, 15-12 Cavs: The Cavaliers are off to a quick 15-12 lead. LeBron James leads all players with nine points on 3-for-3 shooting. Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with six points.
9:04 p.m.: We’re underway!
9:04 p.m.: Well, this is embarrassing.
8:45 p.m.: Here are the starting lineups.
PG: George Hill
SG: J.R. Smith
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kevin Love
C: Tristan Thompson
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Kevin Durant
PF: Draymond Green
C: Kevon Looney
8:40 p.m.: Sorry, Seattle.
8:25 p.m.: What do you think of LeBron James’ attire entering Game 1?
8:20 p.m. ET: Good news for Cleveland.
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