Stephen Curry, LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, guards Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

LeBron James scored a career playoffs-high 44 points but it still wasn’t enough to overcome the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors, who pulled away with a 108-100 victory in overtime of Game One of the NBA Finals on June 4 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors now lead Cleveland in the best of seven series, 1-0.

LeBron put on easily his best performance of the 2015 postseason, scoring buckets at will against Golden State. His hot shooting, combined with a slow offensive start from Warriors, helped the Cavs lead by as many as 13 points at one point in the second quarter. But Golden State stuck with its game plan and eventually started making shots and cut into Cleveland’s lead. The Cavs led by just three points at halftime.

Cleveland held onto a tight lead throughout most of the third quarter as James continued to pile on points for the Cavs, but Golden State’s starters and reserves turned it up late in the fourth quarter, just in time to force overtime. The Warriors then pulled away from Cleveland in extended play to take the victory and a 1-0 lead in the championship series.

Warriors MVP guard Steph Curry scored a team-high 26 points along with eight assists; guard Klay Thompson followed up with 21 points and forward Draymond Green added 12 points for Golden State.

Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving followed up LeBron with 23 points, and Timofey Mozgov scored 16 points for Cleveland.

Next: Game Two of the Finals is set for Sunday, June 7, back at the Oracle Arena. Tip-off at 8 p.m.