JR Smith Lied Instead Of Admitting Mistake In Cavs' Game 1 Loss

JR Smith Lied Instead Of Admitting Mistake In Cavs' Game 1 Loss

JR Smith Lied Instead Of Admitting Mistake In Cavs' Game 1 Loss

LeBron James walked out of his news conference after facing repeated questions about Cleveland Cavaliers team-mate JR Smith and his freakish brain fade in the NBA Finals opener.

James was asked for his view of the argument, which also included Klay Thompson, Shaun Livingston of the Warriors and Tristan Thompson of the Cavaliers.

It was a game to forget for Cleveland's Smith, whose spectacular brain fade saw the contest head to OT in the Bay Area.

The play came with about 30 seconds left and the Cavaliers leading 104-102 after James converted a three-point play as part of a 51-point night. LeBron immediately fell to the floor and writhed in pain, but it wasn't immediately clear what had happened.

"I knew we were tied I just thought we were going to call timeout after the rebound".

James was sensational throughout the tightly contested affair which the Warriors won 124-114 when their potent offence moved up a gear in overtime.

The strong shooting on both sides continued in the second quarter, as each team's shooting percentage remained about 50 percent.

Hill sunk his first one-pointer to level the scores at 107-all but his next effort bounced off the rim. "They got a great taste of it tonight".

With the Cavaliers down one and the shot clock turned off James and the gang were in the rare position of being able to win in Oakland. With just minutes to go before the Warriors took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1, tickets were still available for purchase.

With the Cavaliers tied with the Warriors, Smith's teammate George Hill clanked the second of two free throws.

The two are now set to face each other in the historic fourth-consecutive NBA Finals matchup between their teams, although neither has been involved in the rivalry long. They came back from a 3-1 deficit.

It is clear from replay that James is nowhere near the line.

After a controversial reversal of a charge call, Kevin Durant hit two free throws to tie the game.

It remains to be seen if Smith's blunder defines the series (or his career) but for now, the Cavs have the unenviable task of facing the same team on Sunday with another chance to steal home-court advantage. "They feel like some of the good habits that he developed a couple of years ago when they gave him that contract have gone away".

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