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NY rapper 50 Cent can't believe how JR Smith literally gave NBA Finals Game 1 to the Golden State Warriors.

When pressed on whether he knew the score of the game, Smith responded, "I knew it was tied, I just thought we were going to call a timeout because I got the rebound".

But sitting down with ESPN's Rachel Nichols for an interview a day prior to Game 1, Curry acknowledged the leader of his only known Finals opponent to date: LeBron James.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue went even further, claiming that there has never in National Basketball Association history been a block-charge call reversed in a similar scenario.

"He thought we were up one", said Lue, although Smith said he knew the scores were tied. Return to this post from 12:00 to 1:30 on Friday and the comments feature will allow you to share your thoughts.

Despite the best effort of the Cavs, James did not take consolation from their performance though he did acknowledge this was their best performance of the postseason.

He drove past Curry for a three-point play with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Luckily at the end of regulation they didn't get a shot out. But instead of trying for a winning layup, he moved away from Durant at the hoop and the game went into overtime.

The meager output might have been enough to support James if Smith had been more alert. I played with Shaun so he knows, he knows. I'm shaking my head at two things; number one; the call with 36 seconds left that was overturned where LeBron James ultimately got called for the offensive foul; I think that's inexcusable. "A guy that I had been in so many battles with over the last three years, and obviously I wasn't a part of the communications and know exactly what went on between the two sides".

"He could have gone up and made a play but mistakes happen", said Cleveland's All-Star forward Kevin Love.

But the lasting image of this game will be of James calling for the ball behind the 3-point line as Smith dribbled out the clock in a play reminiscent of one made by Dallas' Derek Harper in a playoff loss to the Lakers 34 years ago. "He's got a really good group of teammates around him, and they put a lot of pressure on you".

Steph Curry was excellent with 29 points, six rebounds and nine assists while Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists while Klay Thompson had 24 points and Draymond Green added 13 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals.

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