Warriors take opener in OT

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The Golden State Warriors turned up the defense in overtime and won the opener of the NBA Finals with a 108-100 victory over Cleveland despite 44 points from Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.

The Warriors outscored the Cavs 10-2 in overtime. They scored the first 10 points of the extra session before James scored a basket with eight seconds left. The Cavs missed their first eight shots in overtime.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 26 points and eight assists. His backcourt mate Klay Thompson added 21 points. In the finals for the first time in 40 years, the Warriors gave their long-suffering fans quite a treat. They rallied from an early 14-point deficit.

Kyrie Irving had 23 points for the Cavs but limped off the court with about 2 minutes left in OT. He appeared to aggravate a left leg injury.

Game 2 is Sunday in Oakland.