Referees clarify controversial Finals Game 1 calls

Referees clarify controversial Finals Game 1 calls

J.R. Smith has done made some seriously stupid plays in his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he literally cost them a chance at winning game one of their National Basketball Association finals against the Golden State Warriors.

James would end the night with 51 points on just 32 shots, a line made fuller by his eight rebounds and eight assists.

Twitter users had plenty of game after JR Smith's colossal mistake during Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday in Oakland, California.

From there, the Warriors used that momentum in overtime, kicking off with a 7-0 run.

Golden State's Steph Curry celebrates a buzzer beating three pointer at the end of the first half with teammates Quinn Cook and Kevin Durant (35), in front of Warriors owner Joe Jacob.

Game 2 of the NBA Finals will tip off Sunday night at the Oracle Center in Oakland with live TV coverage available on ABC. "And when I knew that, I was like, OK, that's going to be our ball".

The call had initially been a charge on 2017 finals MVP Durant and James protested the change - while KD said afterward he thought it was the right decision because "I knew he was late on the drive and I knew I had my man beat and he came over a little late". With the game tied 107-107, teammate George Hill missed a clutch free throw and JR got the rebound.

His team-mate JR Smith caught the offensive rebound, but took the odd decision to dribble back towards his halfway line as time eventually ran out instead of putting up a shot or calling time-out. Hill would miss his second free throw, tying the game he could have ended. And you knew when overtime arrived, it was going to be the Golden State Warriors' game.

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Smith denied that interpretation, insisting he knew the game was tied.

While James was moving when Durant left the ground, he still believed he was in a legal position and should have gotten the call even after it went to replay.

Asked if it was the most frustrated or disappointed he's been after a Finals game, James added "I would say yeah".

Late in the OT period, Tristan Thompson of the Cavs was ejected. "We're playing a great team". As the teams enter tonight's game, CBS Local's Matt Yurus checked in with KPIX Sports Director Dennis O'Donnell and CBS Dallas/Fort Worth sports reporter and anchor Keith Russell to get their thoughts on the match-up, who will be the X-factor for each side, and more.

He returned for the start of the second quarter to huge roars from the yellow-clad sell-out crowd and scored 24 points.

It was the Cavaliers star's 109th 30+ point game and he was now tied in first place with the legendary Michael Jordan.

Kerr insisted he wasn't surprised to see the Cavaliers, a distinct underdog in the series, put up such a tough fight. The game went into overtime and the Cavaliers lost despite James' extremely impressive 51 points.

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