James was visibly livid with Smith and the guard claims that he thought that the Cavaliers were going to call a timeout after his rebound.
Growing particularly frustrated with ESPN's Mark Schwartz, who continued prodding James on his understanding of Smith's mental state, the Cavaliers star walked off the podium.
Thursday's play set the basketball-watching world in a tailspin.
Durant hit two free throws to tie the game.
"It's never been done, ever, in the history of the game", Lue said of the reversal. I knew I was outside the charge line, so that's what the communication was to us. "And when I knew that, I was like, OK, that's going to be our ball". And to know the score at every moment of the game is the most basic job of any player. "I don't know his state of mind", James said. And LeBron was clearly four feet outside the restricted area. "We want everybody playing, everybody healthy and out there competing".
The play came with about 30 seconds left and the Cavaliers leading 104-102 after James converted a three-point play as part of a 51-point night. Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that Smith thought the Cavaliers were up by one point.
"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right".
Perhaps the most exciting part of overtime was the Draymond Green-Tristan Thompson scuffle, but even then, the win was secured for the Warriors at that point. For the first time publicly, James told Nichols that he did call management to ask them not to trade Irving. James has eight games with 40 or more points in these playoffs, matching Jerry West for the most such games in a single postseason.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he was pleased to see Love cleared for Game 1. The Cavs are the biggest finals outsiders in 20 years, but LeBron's 51-point masterclass brought them to the verge of a massive opening victory. 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.
Golden State's Stephen Curry scored 29 points as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 26 and 24 points respectively. Green added 13 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, five steals and two blocks. James also found time for eight rebounds and a team-high eight assists.