Good things also happened to Durant, who had 26 points while shooting 10-of-14 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson needed three days of almost around-the-clock treatment to heal his left ankle.
Curry, a 30-year-old guard, broke the old mark of 8 3-pointers in a Finals game set by Ray Allen of Boston in 2010. Love's outside shooting has been erratic throughout the playoffs, but it would be surprising if he has another poor shooting night from beyond the arc in Game 1.
LeBron James has 22 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and the Cavaliers got a strong third quarter from Kevin Love.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue essentially shrugged helplessly when asked about Livingston's contribution. ". Once he releases it and he sees the basket, he usually makes it".
It's a long, long grind to get to where we want to be.
For a fourth straight year, the Warriors and Cavaliers are engaged in the NBA Finals, trying to remove each other's spleens and heart valves in the name of clean, competitive fun.
They had a tense moment in the third, too.
Deadbeat son called cops on dad before finally moving out
It ended in court, where on May 22 a judge ruled Rotondo had to move out and would not be given a six-month extension. His parents had said goodbye "more or less", he told reporters. "Get one - you have to work!" said one letter.
The NBA Finals can be tense, but Steve Kerr is doing what he can to keep it loose.
Jordan Clarkson looks like he's not ready to be a rotation player; Rodney Hood almost got DNP-CD'd again (he played garbage time on Sunday); Green looked extremely Jeff Green-y; Tristan Thompson didn't contribute to his salary level; Nance got eaten alive against Warriors starters.
When an National Basketball Association player commits a big mistake they often make amends. "M-V-P!" on a trip to the foul line in the first quarter.
Any short-term concerns about Klay Thompson, who came into the game nursing a high sprain of his left ankle suffered on Thursday night, were largely extinguished early. The Warriors All-Star has never missed a postseason game.
McGee scored the first four points as Golden State made its initial seven shots and 10 of 11.
Yet even with Green's sordid past when it comes to suspension, he made it clear that he's glad Tristan Thompson wasn't suspended. His four-point play less than two minutes later stretched the Golden State lead to 16 points midway through the fourth quarter. "It looks worse than it did during the game, but it feels better". Thompson being available for Game 2 could be huge for the Cavs, as he offers the size and aggressiveness that could help them dominate the boards. His second - 32 seconds later - put the Warriors up 13. They shot 59.5 percent in the first half despite going 6 of 19 on 3s. Golden State is 13-3 in postseason Game 2s dating to the 2015 title run.
"Andre knows the game as well as anybody", said Kerr.