The Cavaliers held a 104-102 lead with 36 seconds left in regulation when maybe the biggest turning point of the game occurred.
Both teams' identities revolve around usage, with the Cavaliers trying to get every last drop of basketball out of LeBron without completely exhausting him and the Warriors working to spread the ball as much as they can without costing Curry too many possessions. While James was clearly outside the restricted area, officials also had the chance to review whether James was in legal guarding position and changed the call to a block. Or what everyone in the National Basketball Association thought was a clutch charge, except for the officials on the court who ruled it a blocking foul.
The Cavs were left in disbelief after LeBron James scored 51 points - joining Michael Jordan as one of only two players to score more than 50 points in a finals game since 1970 - but ultimately they still lost to the reigning champions. James said he didn't know what Smith was thinking and walked out of the postgame news conference after growing exhausted of repeated questioning about whether Smith knew the score.
"We hope to get the best of him (James) in this series, and that's what we're going to try to do", said Curry.
In what has become a pregame ritual, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and his assistants listen to Meek Mill's "Dreams & Nightmares".
LeBron James has always publicly said he believes in his teammates.
"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right", Lue said. "I don't give up on any of my players, any of my teammates, so I don't think that even needs to be said".
That's what he said after the game, anyway.
"I think I've missed one or two practices a [year], because when you live in northeast OH and you have four seasons, you will get sick. We want everybody playing, everybody healthy and out there competing". However, rather than put a shot attempt up, he franticly dribbled out of the paint.
This sent the game into overtime where the Warriors picked up massive steam and went on to win 122-114. Day in January. Durant led the Warriors again with 32 points. They shared some words between them before Klay Thompson stepped in and separated the two.
"I guess that further goes along with my theory, I thought he was looking for LeBron", Green said after making a quizzical face.