In sum, he scored a game-high 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field (including 6-of-9 from beyond the 3-point line), and collected 13 rebounds - and every single one for the Warriors in the first quarter. For James, this is not uncharted territory being the underdog.
They are the last team to get swept in the finals, dropping four straight to San Antonio in 2007.
Curry's scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn't play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket.
People are considering this to be the greatest playoff run of James' career as he has had to carry his team to this stage.
Both teams battled through a tight one-possession game throughout most of the fourth, exchanging leads but also missing several shots that could have proved difference-making for either side. Check out this end of game action in this Fantastic Finish.
Lue didn't say which player would lose minutes to Hood, nor did he address any other potential adjustments or lineup changes. However, his minutes have become even more excruciating since the Eastern Conference Finals started as we have seen him play all 48 minutes of the game multiple times.
NBA Finals 2018: Stephen Curry breaks 3-point record
Golden State Warrior's head coach Steve Kerr confirmed on Sunday Andre Iguodala will not play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals . James had a monster game to keep Cleveland in it through, pouring in 51 points to go with eight boards and eight assists.
And if Stephen Curry makes one 3-pointer in Game 3, he will become the first player in National Basketball Association history with a 3-pointer in 43 consecutive playoff road games. With this in mind, here are three keys for Golden State in Game 3 as the series shifts to Cleveland. He would finish the game with just 11 points and shot a subzero 3-of-16 from the field and 1-of-10 from deep just one game after hitting a Finals record nine 3's. And maybe it was, but James did the same thing in the 2017 finals. But it first happened a few years ago when he ripped away the Cavs' chances at multiple titles during the LeBron 2.0 era.
Cleveland Cavaliers players draped themselves all over Durant. That's what the Warriors brought in Durant to do, for games like this when their other stars struggle - and that's exactly what he has delivered. With King James playing like he is, Golden State knows they can not sleep on this Cleveland squad.
Maybe it's an unwritten rule among analysts and fans, but doesn't it seem like you have to give James at least a game in any series?
Let's look at their numbers when playing in the NBA Finals.
As a result, Durant averages 28.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game in the playoffs while Curry contributes 25.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists a night in the post-season.
The Cavaliers opened their biggest lead of the series at 13 points and maintained a double-digit advantage through much of the first two quarters, built mostly through the shooting of James and Smith and the rebounding of Kevin Love, who has quietly had a tremendous series.