Crushed: Stephen Curry, Warriors Blow Out Cavaliers 132-98
Stephen Curry had 35 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, including 7/12 from deep, as the Golden State Warriors crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-98 on Monday night.Advertisement
It was a statement victory for the defending NBA Champions. The Warriors have now won five consecutive matches against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, dating back to last year’s NBA Finals. Draymond Green, Warriors’ triple-double machine, had 16 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, including five assists in the first quarter alone. (Watch Below).
LeBron James had a forgettable outing, going 0/3 from deep and 7/16 overall for his 16 points. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, the two all-stars who Cavaliers missed in last year’s NBA Finals, finished with 8 and 3 points respectively. The victory settle all debates about whether the Warriors “were lucky” last to win the chip last year.
The Warriors built a 30-point lead in the first half, pushed their advantage to 43 after halftime. The Cavaliers had no answer. “They did what they wanted,” a distraught LeBron said after the loss.
Only a late flurry of points helped the Cavs avoid their worst home loss in franchise history.
James called out Irving and Love after the embarrassing defeat. “Against the top teams you want to play well and we haven’t done that. We’re 0-3 (against San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors). Tonight was an example of how far we have to go to win a championship.”
The match was being billed as more than just a regular season fixture. |Box Score|
“Well, look, you’re going to play these teams sooner or later. And you definitely want to go into a series having known that you’ve played them well during the season and that you got what it takes to beat the team,” Cleveland coach David Platt said during practice on Sunday.
The Warriors (38-4) suffered only their fourth defeat this season to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. By crushing the Cavaliers, they are back on track to winning ways, and threaten to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record.
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