Then his shot came back in the second quarter when he went 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
This was something which James emphasised when talking to the media about the incident, as he said: "We've got to move on". He's piling up his assists in this must-win game.
Here is the replay where you can see just how flawless the pass was. "I contested a shot that shouldn't have been taken".
Durant shot efficiently from the field after shooting 8-of-22 and 1-of-7 from the perimeter in the Warriors' Game 1 win. "I've always been the one guy who's the butt of the jokes, or that one guy who does something insane and everybody's got to look at or whatever the case may be".
James, who was playing with blurry vision in one eye after being poked during Game 1, concurs and said he didn't think he needed to say anything to Smith.
"I just think, especially when a game has been as hard-fought as that one, you don't like to see emotions spilling over at the end", commissioner Adam Silver said before executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the penalties.
After an overtime opener loss James called one of the worst defeats of his career, the Cavaliers couldn't play Golden State as close, with Curry and his teammates thwarting every threat. "But one thing about J.R., he has an uncanny ability to bounce back".
Perhaps because of all that, it was pretty stunning when James himself wore yet another edition of his suit shorts outfit from Game 1. Stephen Curry got it going early and finished with 29 points and nine assists, Klay Thompson shook off a leg injury and finished with 24 points while Draymond Green racked up 13 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals.
After a first game with some hotly debated calls, the officiating was under great scrutiny on Sunday evening.
"We're the last two teams playing and we're going to fight it out". He also became the sixth player to ever make 300 3s in the postseason, joining Curry as the Warriors to reach the feat. He had played only three minutes in the conference finals against Houston, when Golden State went with smaller lineups to match the Rockets' perimeter shooters. Not to say the Cavs will beat the Warriors.
"JR can shake off anything, and when everybody tends to count JR out, that's when he comes through", Lue said.
"We all expect a lot out of each other", Love said. We saw the beginning of a series that probably will go the full seven games. I told somebody right after the game that I'm glad it happened to me as opposed to anybody else on my team.