NBA Finals: Golden State ease to win over Cleveland Cavaliers in opening game

Kevin Durant (left) and LeBron James
Two basketball heavyweights Kevin Durant (left) and LeBron James went head-to-head in Oakland

Golden State Warriors began their NBA Finals rematch against defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers with a comfortable 113-91 win.

Kevin Durant hit 38 points and Stephen Curry added six three-pointers.

Golden State led 60-52 after the first two quarters and went on a 10-0 run at the start of the second half en route to victory.

"A little gun shy with our shots. Our defence allowed us to create momentum until we got our flow," said Curry.

The Cavaliers had 20 turnovers, a joint NBA record for a play-off or Finals game.

The Warriors committed just four, level with the record for the fewest in a Finals game.

Golden State beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals but let a 3-1 lead slip last year against LeBron James' Cavaliers, who won their first NBA title.

The teams will meet again in Oakland on Sunday for game two of the best-of-seven series.

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