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The NBA Finals tipped off Thursday with Commissioner Adam Silver addressing assembled media, saying his league is about “celebrating greatness.”

“That’s what you’re seeing on the floor here,” Silver added.

In Golden State’s 124-114 overtime victory in Game 1, greatness was indeed celebrated — and a memorable mistake by Cleveland’s J.R. Smith was immortalized — in a game that delivered on the hype of the fourth straight Finals meeting between the Warriors and Cavaliers.

Ultimately, LeBron James’s 51 points, a career playoff high, were not enough to save Cleveland in overtime. Add in his 19-for-32 shooting and his eight rebounds and eight assists, and it still wasn’t enough.

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Cleveland’s J.R. Smith may have cost his team the win by not knowing the score in the final minutes of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 31.

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