George Hill made the first of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left after being fouled by Klay Thompson, but when JR Smith secured the rebound of the second, he dribbled back towards half-court instead of shooting, apparently thinking the Cavaliers had a lead.
Golden State eventually defeated Cleveland 124-114 in overtime. For the fourth year running, the National Basketball Association finals feature Golden State and Cleveland, although it may be more accurate to say that the finals are being contested by Golden State and LeBron James.
Schwartz, presumably, isn't the only person who got such advice from James.
"I tried to bring it out and get enough space to maybe get a shot off", said Smith.
The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 17-7 in OT and afterwards Lue told reporters: "He [Smith] thought it was over". "This is LeBron James".
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Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after the game that Smith "thought we were up one" when he made his freakish decision.
After the game, James was asked about Smith's mental breakdown. We was down one. He played arguably the game of his life and still came up short against a team that's already beaten him twice in the NBA Finals. "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 said that James' accomplishment of doubling what he and the Warriors had done was "pretty special". I knew I was outside the charge line, so that's what the communication was to us.
The loss, in part, was down to a weird moment from Cavs star Smith when the scores were tied 107-107 with 4.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Kerr insisted he wasn't surprised to see the Cavaliers, a distinct underdog in the series, put up such a tough fight. They tied the score at 70-70 on a jumper by James and then surged ahead on a 3-pointer by James, but the Warriors had their own response to take an 84-78 lead into the fourth quarter.
Curry finished with 29 points, Durant 26 and Thompson 24 for the Warriors, who have now beaten the Cavaliers in Game 1 four straight years in their historic stretch of consecutive duels in Finals.