By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Golden State Warriors got their first win over the Cleveland Cavaliers since leading 3-1 in the NBA Finals in June. The Warriors rolled over the Cavaliers 126-91 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
The Warriors improved to 35-6. The Cavaliers dropped to 29-11 following their Martin Luther King Jr. Day loss.
These two teams are considered the favorites to play in their third straight NBA Finals in June. Each team has won once.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Kyrie Irving had 17 points, two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Iman Shumpert added 15 points, nine rebounds, and three steals.
Fellow starters Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson combined for nine points. Love also had three rebounds and one assist. Thompson had five rebounds and four blocks.
The Cavaliers shot 35.2% from the field. They were 26.5% as they shot 9-of-34 from three-point range.
Kyle Korver, a three-point specialist, who was recently acquired in a trade by the Cavaliers from the Atlanta Hawks, made three three-pointers. Richard Jefferson and Shumpert made two each, while James and Irving had one each.
The Cavaliers had 30 bench points. Jefferson and Korver led these players with 11 points each. Korver also had two rebounds and Jefferson had two rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 26 points, four rebounds and a block. Kevin Durant added 21 points, six rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and two steals. Stephen Curry contributed 20 points, two rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals.
Fellow starter Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia combined for 15 points. Green had a triple-double, as he also had 13 rebounds, 11 assists, five blocks and a steal.
Pachulia had 13 rebounds, one assist and a steal.
The Warriors shot 50.5% from the field. They went 15-of-34 for 41.1% from three-point range.
The Splash Brothers, Curry, and Thompson had five three-point baskets each. Durant added three and André Iguodala had two more.
Golden State had 44 bench points. Iguodala led these players with 14 points, three rebounds, five assists, and a block.
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