Warriors pull away early in fourth, take opener

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- This year's NBA Finals have begun the same way last year's ended, with the Golden State Warriors coming out on top.

Shaun Livingston came off the bench to score 20 points and the Warriors dominated the early part of the fourth quarter before cruising to a 104-89 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Golden State led by eight before opening the final period on a 12-4 run to take control. Livingston had six points during the spurt and contributed 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors overcome quiet performances by the Splash Brothers.

The Warriors' reserves outscored the Cavaliers' bench 45-10, with Leandro Barbosa contributing 11 on 5-for-5 shooting. Andre Iguodala had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists after being replaced on the starting lineup by Harrison Barnes.

Stephen Curry drained two of his first three 3-point attempts before finishing with just 11 points on 4 of 15 shooting. Klay Thompson missing eight of his 12 shots while scoring just nine points, but Golden State also received 16 points, 11 boards and seven assists from Draymond Green.

The Cavaliers shot just 38 percent and gave up 25 points on their 17 turnovers. LeBron James had 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavs.

Game 2 is Sunday in Oakland.

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