NBA: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Golden State Warriors over Cavs in Finals opener

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts with Kevin Durant #35 in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland, California.
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts with Kevin Durant #35 in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland, California.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Oakland, California (AFP) - Kevin Durant scored 38 points and Stephen Curry added 28 as the Golden State Warriors defeated defending champion Cleveland 113-91 in Thursday's National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals opener, matching the league's longest playoff win streak.

Pushing their record unbeaten playoff start to 13-0, the Warriors seized a 1-0 edge in the best-of-seven championship series, which continues Sunday in Oakland before shifting to Cleveland for Games Three and Four.

Durant, who also had eight rebounds and eight assists, dominated inside early, setting a one-game career record with six slam dunks in the first half.

Golden State had 11 first-half dunks in all, the most of any team in any Finals half in 20 years.

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Curry, who had 10 assists, sparkled in the third quarter, his three-pointers capping a 13-0 run to start the second half that produced a 73-52 lead. The Cavaliers never seriously threatened again.

The Warriors matched an NBA Finals one-game record with only four turnovers while the Cavaliers made 20, eight of them by superstar LeBron James and six of those in the second quarter alone.

Durant, seeking his first NBA crown after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State last July, hit 14-of-26 from the floor and helped frustrate James, who finished with 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting with 15 rebounds and eight assists in the first game of his seventh consecutive finals.

Golden State, trying to become the first unbeaten playoff champion, matched the record 13-game post-season win streak set by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988 and 1989 and matched by the Cavaliers this year.

The Cavaliers saw their nine-game playoff road win streak snapped. It was the second-best in NBA history after the Los Angeles Lakers took 12 in a row in 2001-02.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points for Cleveland while Kevin Love had 15 points and 21 rebounds for the Cavs, who outrebounded the Warriors 59-50.

Draymond Green led Golden State with 11 rebounds.

James had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, the first time in his career he managed a playoff double-double before halftime. But the seven first-half turnovers were the second most in a half in his career, having made nine giveaways in 2005 against New Orleans.

The Warriors made 12 steals to none by Cleveland.

Late in the fourth quarter, a steal from James by Ian Clark set up a no-look pass from Curry to Durant, who sank a three-pointer and shook his head in awe of his hot hand.

Durant joined Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Barry in scoring 25 or more points in his first six NBA Finals games, the prior five with Oklahoma City in a 2012 loss to the James-led Miami Heat.

The Warriors beat Cleveland for the 2015 crown but squandered a 3-1 lead last year as the Cavs made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.