2017 N.B.A. Finals: Game 1 Story Lines for Cavs and Warriors

Stay here for live scores, updates and analysis from Game 1 of the N.B.A. finals.

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LeBron James and Stephen Curry go head to head for the third straight year in the N.B.A. finals.

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Do it again: Game 1 of the 71st edition of the N.B.A. finals will kick off at 9 p.m. Eastern, with the Golden State Warriors playing host to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The league’s top regular season team over the last three seasons going up against the greatest player of his generation, it is a series that is sure to wake up an N.B.A. viewing audience that had been lulled to sleep by a boring and predictable playoffs.

How to watch: ABC has the broadcast, but you can live-stream Game 1 online at WatchESPN.com.

Top Story Lines for Game 1

■ This year’s finals are an unprecedented third consecutive meeting of the same two teams. It did not happen in the 1960s when Bill Russell and the Celtics controlled the East and Jerry West and Lakers controlled the West. It didn’t happen in the 1980s when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson did the same. It will be the…

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