After all the drama of those 48 minutes, the game went into overtime and it was the Dubs who seized control as they capitalised on the good fortune they were given and outscored the Cavaliers 17-7 in the added period.
Official Ken Mauer, the game's crew chief, initially whistled Durant for a charge, with possession returning to Cleveland with 36.4 seconds remaining and a two-point lead.
The reversal of a pivotal call in the closing minute of regulation launched a torrent of debate following the Golden State Warriors' 124-114 overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
And while it was the greatness of James that almost gave Cleveland the initial upper hand, it was the overall greatness of Golden State - plus some help from Smith - that tipped the finals scales in the Warriors' direction.
The Warriors - given a hilariously freaky lifeline in a contest they, frankly, should have lost - took full advantage of it, outscoring the Cavs by 10 points in that overtime period to claim Game 1, 124-114, and control of the series. When he realized the mistake, Smith frantically dished the ball out to Hill, for a three-pointer which missed the target and which might not have counted anyway. But they each offer a seven-day free trial period, and if the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that weeklong trial, fans can watch the Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 1 live stream for free. Asked afterwards about the state of officiating in the NBA, Love said: "Just without getting myself in trouble, definitely didn't take a step forward tonight". "Just being alert and taking away those easy like - losing him in transition or we turn our head, he moves and he gets a three wide open or an offensive rebounds, he moves and we don't lock into him". We've seen that script play out before, back in 2016, when the Cavs celebrated their first-ever championship on the Warriors' home court.
After the game, Cavs coach Tyron Lue told media that had been the case, shortly before Smith spoke to media and claimed he was in fact aware the scores were tied. "If I thought we were ahead, I would have just held onto the ball and let them foul me". "I seen the drive, I was outside the charge line, stepped in and took the contact".
James and the Cavs enter the series opener as huge underdogs, but when it comes to fashion, it does not look like it. "I don't know his state of mind", James said. If he wins this series, I think he cements his spot in National Basketball Association history.
"I read that play as well as I've read any play in my career, maybe in my life", James said.
James was not sure what the reporter expected him to say who would then repeat his question of whether he knew if Smith knew the score before the former got up and left the press conference.
Game two will be played on Monday (AEST) back in Oakland, where the Warriors have won 18 of their last 19 postseason games.