The Warriors set an early tone in the NBA Finals by beating the Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1.
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OAKLAND — The basketball baptism was over.
Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors star who looked so funny in that blue and gold jersey so many months ago, had just turned in the finest moment of his brief tenure with his new team. He bested the great LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers star who couldn’t keep up in the Warriors’ 113-91 Game 1 win in the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.
He had been darned-near perfect, finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and not even one turnover. He had taken on the monumental task of guarding James for much of the night, stuffing that wine and gold superhero cape back into his shirt every time James dared pull it out. And as Durant stood at his locker, gathering his belongings and putting the finishing touches on his outfit before heading for the postgame podium, it only made sense that he was in the company of…