The Warriors did not sell out Game 1 of the NBA Finals

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LeBron James, who had a terse conversation with Smith after the play, said he didn't actually talk to Smith about the score.

The titanically underdog Cleveland Cavaliers walked into Oracle Arena for Game 1 of the Finals fearing neither god nor man and almost stole home-court advantage from the Golden State Warriors. Then the game was over. The final few seconds were marred by a Tristan Thompson ejection, which led to a minor scuffle.

"He thought it was over".

Asked if his teammate thought the game was tied or if the game was won, James said: 'How do I know that?'

Smith himself, meanwhile, insisted he knew what he was doing all along.

James was visibly bemused and frustrated following Smith's error and the Cavaliers never recovered.

"I just thought we were going to call a timeout, because I got the rebound, I'm pretty sure I couldn't shoot it over KD", Smith said of Kevin Durant.

What we don't know: Precisely what Smith was thinking when he grabbed a rebound with 4.5 seconds remaining in a 107-107 game and dribbled away from the basket, as if he thought the Cavaliers had the lead and needed to run out the clock. "Clearly that wasn't the case".

It's not as if the two teams would have to play in front of a bunch of empty seats, though. "I don't know what was going through J.R.'s head".

Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 8 p.m. ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

The underdog Cavaliers raced out to an 11-point lead in the first half behind nine-for-11 shooting by James and 12 points from Kevin Love, who returned to the Cavs starting line-up after missing the team's previous game with a concussion. James has eight games with 40 or more points in these playoffs, matching Jerry West for the most such games in a single postseason. George Hill went up and made the first free throw. I tried to get enough space because Kevin (Durant) was standing right there. As I noted this week, "Saturday Night Live" recently made fun of The Other Cavaliers, joking about how they provide support to James - except for actual basketball contributions.

"I read that play as well as I've read any play in my career, maybe in my life", he added. Reason No. 1 didn't come as much of a surprise, with Gilbert stating that his team goes as LeBron James does.

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