"No, I knew we were tied, it's just, I thought we were going to take a timeout because I got the rebound", Smith said.
Thompson was previously listed as questionable due to a bruise in his left leg. At halftime, James had 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
That "lowered" his playoff marks to 28.8 points a game and.472 shooting, numbers most players would likely trade their firstborn to enjoy. Smith was third on the team with 10 points to go with six boards. In the fourth quarter alone, he hit five 3.
"He makes tough shots, that's what he does", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
James pointed with both hands after his 3 with 11:04 remaining got his team within seven, before Curry answered from deep the next two trips down the floor. Instead, he dribbled the ball towards the halfway line as time expired, resulting in the game going to overtime. However, that didn't stop fans from creating hilarious memes of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar James' frustrating gesture for JR Smith. But they didn't just outscore Cleveland - they out-assisted and out-blocked them too.
James opened the 4th quarter with a 3-pointer but Curry followed with back-to-back treys for a 96-83 Warriors edge. The fact that James has been able to almost double these type of outings that Jordan had (six) in his NBA career does speak highly about not only his play on the floor but nine NBA Finals appearances.
Last year's NBA Finals MVP made his initial five field goals Sunday, driving right at James on offense and doing all he could to fluster him on defense.
The most valuable play of the Warriors' Game 1 win was not made by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson. He had been taking antibiotics and using drops after being poked in the eye by Draymond Green in the first half Thursday. The pivotal moment of the series opener was J.R. Smith not getting a shot off before time expired in regulation after he got an offensive rebound off a missed free throw.