SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WOIO) - The Cleveland Cavaliers lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
It wasn't pretty for the Cavs, who couldn't help but continue to turn the ball over throughout the game.
What's the one thing that stood out for LeBron James in Thursday night's loss?
"K.D.I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, that we saw in the regular season and in the post-season, and then in the off-season you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out," James said. "I mean, it's no if, ands, or buts. It is what it is. We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us. But that's what stands out."
"It went from an 8 point lead to a 16 point lead in a matter of two minutes," said Kyrie Irving. "We just have to understand that every possession is all out, and we'll be fine."
The Cavs have their work cut out for them in Oakland. They missed too many second chance shots.
Double T didn't have any points and only four rebounds.
"They played hard, they won. They did a good job, all around. I gotta be better for our team," said Tristan Thompson in the locker room after the game.
The game got away from the Cavs in the third quarter.
'We gotta stop the ball in transition. We made a lot of mistakes, we're capable of playing a lot better," added James. "We did a great job of covering the 3-point line, but other than that they played a hell of a game," said LeBron James.
"Our job as the bench is to provide energy and that was tough today," Iman Shumpert said. "We got another chance on Sunday to to get one."
"This is Game 1. We feel like we have an opportunity to go in and get Game 2. So for us, it's just about how we're going to answer the call. It's never about how you get knocked down; it's never about how badly you lose one game. It's about how you answer that. And I think as a group we're very confident in our ability to answer as the series progresses," Richard Jefferson said.
The Warriors lead by about 20 points for most of the fourth quarter.
The only thing LeBron said he needs from the other players is to be themselves and play like they've been playing all season and throughout the course of the last couple of years.
"We was victims of ourselves. Like I said, we had 20 turnovers, and there's no way you're going to win a ball game having 20 turnovers against this team and on the road. But at the end of the day, we gave up a lot in transition. They had 27 points on fast breaks," said James.
The final score was 113-91.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven is slated for Sunday at 8 p.m.