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OAKLAND---Golden State overcame
a big performance by LeBron James
to beat Cleveland 108-100 in over-
time on Thursday night to take the
opening game of the NBA Finals.
In the NBA decider for the first time
in 40 years, the Warriors rallied from
an early 14-point deficit, absorbed a
Finals personal-best 44 points from
James and shut down Cleveland in
the extra session, when league MVP
Stephen Curry stood tall for the War-
"It was just a classic five minutes
that we needed to get that win," Curry
said of the overtime.
James shot 18 of 38 from the field
and had eight rebounds and six assists
in 46 minutes. But the four-time MVP
missed a long jumper in the dying
seconds of regulation time which likely
would have won it, and Cleveland
missed its first eight shots of over-
Adding to the Cavs frustration,
point guard Kyrie Irving limped to
the locker room after aggravating his
troublesome left leg in overtime. He
did not return.
With Kevin Love already out, the
Cavs can ill afford to lose Irving for
Game 2 on Sunday in Oakland.
"You can see in the tone of my voice
I m a little worried," said Irving, who
buried his head in his hands at his
locker and left on crutches.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he
hopes Irving is able to play the
remainder of the series.
"I mean that," Kerr said. "You prob-
ably don t believe me, but I mean
There were 13 lead changes and 11
ties in a game tightly contested across
the board. There was little edge in
shooting (Warriors 44.3 per cent, Cav-
aliers 41.5 per cent), rebounding (War-
riors 48, Cavaliers 45) or assists (War-
riors 24, Cavaliers 19).
In the end, it came down to the
NBA s top teams and biggest stars
making plays---or not.
James and newly crowned MVP
Curry (26 points and eight assists)
carried their clubs through the fourth
quarter, trading scores and assists in
a back-and-forth duel.
Both stars also had a chance to win
the game in the closing seconds of
regulation. With the scores tied, Curry
beat Irving off the dribble and moved
in for the layup. Instead, Irving
blocked the shot from behind, JR
Smith came up with the rebound and
the Cavs called a timeout with 24.1
James dribbled down the clock and
missed his jump shot from just inside
the left arc. Iman Shumpert just got
off a desperation shot which nearly
rimmed in at the buzzer.
The Cavs never came so close again,
due to a series of misfires in over-
"I got to where I wanted to get, step
back, made them before," James said.
"It s a make or miss league, and we
had our chances."
James hit a game-winning 3 over
Iguodala two seasons ago with Miami
Roman Kreuziger was cleared of
doping yesterday, just days ahead
of a Court of Arbitration for Sport
appeal hearing in his case.
The International Cycling Union
said there was "no basis to proceed
further" against Kreuziger.
"I feel a huge relief," Kreuziger
said. "I m not a cheater. My name
has been fully cleared and I m
happy about it."
The UCI and World Anti-Doping
Agency had filed a joint appeal
against a Czech Olympic Commit-
tee ruling that closed a case of
apparent abnormalities in
Kreuziger s biological passport.
The biological passport pro-
gramme is used by sports bodies
to monitor an athlete s blood profile
over time for evidence of doping.
The UCI did not give details of
the confidential "newly obtained
information" which prompted the
two bodies to drop the appeal,
which had been scheduled to be
heard by CAS next Wednesday.
The UCI has never lost an appeal
verdict involving a biological pass-
port case at CAS. A defeat in the
Kreuziger case could have weakened
the legal strength of the project.
The 29-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo
team rider never tested positive for
banned drugs or doping methods.
However, the UCI and WADA
had believed his blood readings
from 2011-12 were suspicious.
Tinkoff-Saxo said in a statement
that "management has always
believed in Kreuziger and expressed
its support, since the outset of the
The team dropped him from the
2014 Tour de France during a pro-
The UCI then provisionally sus-
pended Kreuziger to keep him out
of the Spanish Vuelta.
Kreuziger s biggest career victo-
ries have been in stage races in
He won the 2008 Tour de Suisse
and the Tour of Romandie in 2009.
UCI, WADA drop appeal case
against Czech's Kreuziger
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert during the first half of
Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, California, Thursday
night. Warriors won 108-100 in overtime. AP PHOTO
from almost the same spot. Iguodala
wasn t about to let it happen again.
"I kind of knew that play he wanted
to get into, just going left, step back,
and I was right there on him," Iguodala
Curry drew two fouls at the start
of overtime and made all four free
throws, and Harrison Barnes hit a cor-
ner 3 just in front of the Cavs bench
to give Golden State a 105-98 lead
with 2:02 to play.
Irving limped to the bench trying
to shake off his troublesome left leg
after the play.
The Warriors went ahead 108-98
on free throws with 1:16 to play, effec-
tively ending the contest. James
uncontested layup with 8.9 seconds
left accounted for Cleveland s only
points in overtime. (AP)
Warriors hold off Cavs
for 108-100 OT win
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