Cavaliers 22 – 27 – 22 – 20 – 91
Warriors – 37 – 41 – 17 – 31 – 126
The rematch of the Christmas Day thriller did not live up to the hype, as the Golden State Warriors blew out the Cleveland Cavaliers by the final score of 126-91. The Warriors scored the first seven points of the game and did not trail, leading by as much as 39 points in the win. Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Kevin Durant 21 and Stephen Curry 20, and Draymond Green added a triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists (he also blocked five shots).
LeBron James led the Cavaliers 20 points on the night, with Kyrie Irving adding 17 and Iman Shumpert 15. Cleveland shot just 35.2 percent from the field, struggling to both find quality looks and make the few that they did get against the Warriors defense. Kevin Love did not play in the second half due to lower back tightness, but the outcome was essentially decided in the second quarter as Golden State went on a run that pushed their lead out to 29 points at the half.
First Quarter Highlights
Golden State got off to a hot start, scoring the first seven points of the game and forcing Cleveland to call a quick timeout. Golden State shot 15-for-29 from the field in the quarter, with 13 of their made field goals being assisted. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led a balanced effort with eight points apiece, with Andre Iguodala adding six and Klay Thompson five. Curry also led the team in assists with five, with Durant and Draymond Green dishing out three apiece.
Cleveland shot just 7-for-23 from the field in the first quarter, with Iman Shumpert and LeBron James scoring five points apiece to lead the way offensively. Tristan Thompson added four points and Kevin Love and Kyle Korver scored three apiece. Cleveland, which shot 2-for-12 from three, finished the quarter with just one assist.
Second Quarter Highlights
Things got out of hand in the second quarter, as the Warriors grabbed control of the game. Offensively the Warriors continued to share the ball and make quality shots, moving their assist total up to 26 on 33 made field goals. Golden State shot 61.5 percent from the field in the first half, making ten of their 20 three-point attempts, and they turned the ball over just four times. Durant finished the half with 19 points and Curry 14, with Iguodala adding ten off the bench. Green was called for a flagrant 1 foul on James, but instead of sparking a Cleveland rally the play did more to fire up Golden State.
James is up to 16 points, but with no other Cavalier having scored more than nine points (Kyrie Irving) the game got away from Cleveland. Cleveland shot 34.9 percent from the field and 4-for-16 from three, and defensively the 78 points are the most they’ve allowed in a half since 2011. That was when LeBron was a member of the Miami Heat and the Cavs were a lottery-caliber team. And on the injury front, Love has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with lower back tightness.
Third Quarter Highlights
Golden State led by as much as 36 in the third quarter, but Cleveland managed to trim the margin to 24 points with a 15-1 run to end the quarter. James and Irving continue to lead the way offensively for the Cavs with 18 and 17 points, apiece, and Korver and Iman Shumpert have added 11 points respectively through three quarters. For Golden State, Durant is up to 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, with Curry adding 20 points, 11 assists and four steals. In total the Warriors have five double-digit scorers, and they’ve dished out 31 assists to just 11 turnovers.
Fourth Quarter Highlights
Both teams played their key options for the first four minutes or so of the fourth quarter. But with the Cavaliers unable to build on their 15-1 run to end the third, Golden State increased its lead to as much as 39 before both teams cleared their benches.
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