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The Warriors knock off the Cavaliers, 129 to 105

The Warriors knock off the Cavaliers, 129 to 105

This would have been one of the most hyped matchups of the season but with LeBron James being gone, it’s just another game for the defending champions.  Tonight, the Golden State Warriors will visit the Quicken Loans Arena to battle the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Warriors are facing difficulties of their own, though.  They are currently trying to recover from their two only losing streaks this season; one being a four-game losing streak and another one being a recent two-game skid.

Even though they are still without Draymond Green, who is missing his ninth straight game due to a toe injury, the Warriors were still able to get past the Atlanta Hawks, all thanks to Stephen Curry, who outscored the Hawks in the first quarter by himself, 18-17.  This meeting between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will mark the first of two games between these teams this season.  The Warriors swept the regular season series against the Cavaliers last season before sweeping them in the NBA Finals.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

-DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles)
-Draymond Green (toe; 6.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Damian Jones (pectoral; 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 71.6 FG%, 64.9 FT%)
-Damion Lee (G-League; 5.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 43.4 FG%, 41.4 3P%, 80.0 FT%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Sam Dekker (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-Kevin Love (toe; 19.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 32.3 FG%, 29.2 3P%, 81.8 FT%)
-David Nwaba (knee; 6.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 22.7 3P%, 67.6 FT%)
-Ante Zizic (knee; 3.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 62.5 FT%)
-J.R. Smith (personal; 6.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 34.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%, 80.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held somewhat close in the first half as the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-nine percent from the floor while the Golden State Warriors completed fifty-one percent of their shots.  Former Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood scored fifteen points while hitting two three-pointers early in the first quarter.  Rookie Collin Sexton contributed with twelve points which held three three-pointers while Tristan Thompson chipped in five points, eight rebounds, and one assist.  Larry Nance played sixteen minutes off the bench as he had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

As for the Warriors, Stephen Curry got extremely hot as he chalked up twenty-five points while knocking down six three-pointers in the process.  He also had three defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant earned ten points for himself.  Durant was also able to drill a three-pointer in the second quarter while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal, and blocking two shots.  Four-time All-Star Klay Thompson was kept to just six points on twenty-nine percent shooting while recording three defensive rebounds.  Jonas Jerebko played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points while the Cavaliers went into halftime with a 64 to 58 advantage.

The Warriors would hit the Cavaliers with a huge 71 to 43 run in the second half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, holding the Ohio team to forty percent.  During that run, Curry continued to put up a shooting display as he had seventeen additional points, nine coming from beyond the arc and the other eight from the free-throw line.  He also had six defensive rebounds and three assists while Durant put up fifteen points with three three-pointers in the third period.  Thompson would make up for that tough first half he had as he scored ten points with two three-pointers in the fourth.  Jerebko played twelve minutes off the bench as he had only five points which included a three-pointer late in the third.

On the other end of the court, both Thompson and Sexton had nine points apiece while Tristan Thompson saw to it that he got eleven rebounds.  The second round pick in the 2015 draft Cedi Osman scored seven points while knocking down a three-pointer early in the third quarter.  George Hill would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.  Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he put up seven points but it wouldn’t matter as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 129-105 final score.  Stephen Curry finished the game with forty-two points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and one steal while Collin Sexton had twenty-one points, two rebounds, and three assists.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Buddy Hield (18.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 47.5 FG%, 41.8 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (12-11) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.  Both teams tied the regular season series last season at one apiece.

The Golden State Warriors will visit Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.6 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 6.0 APG, 57.8 FG%, 11.5 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (15-7) on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will be second and last one that the Bucks and Warriors will play against each other this season.  The last time they fought each other was on November 8 when the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Warriors a 134-111 blowout loss.  During that game, Eric Bledsoe scored twenty-six points, grabbed four rebounds, dished off six assists, and committed one steal while Klay Thompson finished with twenty-four points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Golden State Warriors an unexpected loss, making the series 3-1

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Golden State Warriors an unexpected loss, making the series 3-1

Friday night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cavaliers looked to avoid a series sweep as they host the Warriors in the Quicken Loans Arena.

The home team started the game off right as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field as a team in the opening quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-eight percent.  During the first quarter, Kevin Love would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he earns fourteen points.  He would knock down three 3-pointers as he crashes the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would score eleven points as he shoots eighty percent from the field, drilling two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  LeBron James would put up eight points as he takes down one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and gives out six assists.  J.R. Smith would also help out with two three-pointers.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would chalk up ten points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc and the other five from the free-throw line.  Draymond Green would score seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also jump up to pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with four points.  Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who end the first quarter with a 49-33 lead.

In the second quarter, Kyrie Irving would shoot seventy-eight percent from the field to earn himself seventeen points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.   He would also dish off four assists as LeBron James would drop fourteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  James would also grab two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Both Kevin Love and J.R. Smith would each be limited to a three-pointer but Love would also pull down two offensive rebounds.

Eight-time All-Star, Kevin Durant, would chalk up twelve points as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc as he pulls down one defensive rebound and throws out two assists.  Shaun Livingston would come off the bench to also shoot eighty percent from the field but was only rewarded with eight points.  Former Indiana Pacers player, David West, would also come off the bench to drop four points while Stephen Curry would be limited to one three-pointer and one free-throw.  Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer while Green would score two points.  Green would also dish out four assists while pulling down three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers would enter halftime with a commanding 86 to 68 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Cavaliers shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team in the third quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-four percent.  James would cool down as he only scores seven points but he would shoot fifty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while Kevin Love would drill two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Former Utah Jazz player, Deron Williams, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points.  Williams would earn three of those points from behind the arc while Irving would be limited to one three-pointer and one free-throw.

On the other end of the court, Durant would throw up twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would shoot thirty-three percent from the field while collecting two offensive rebounds.  Curry would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself eight points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also give out four assists while crashing the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Draymond Green would score five points while pulling down one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.  Thompson would only be limited to one three-pointer as the Cleveland team walks into the last period with a 115-96 lead.

The home team would close things out in the fourth quarter as Kyrie Irving would chalk up eight more additional points, which would include two three-pointers.  He would do some work on the boards, as well, grabbing two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Former Knicks player, Iman Shumpert, would come off the bench to drill a three-pointer while Smith would do the exact same thing.  LeBron James would only score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.

Kevin Durant would be held scoreless in the field but he would collect four points from the charity stripe.  Thompson would also settle for four points but he would earn three of them from the three-point line and the other one from the free-throw line.  Bench player, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw would each knock down a three-pointer while Curry would play for six minutes, only to be held scoreless.  Draymond Green would pull down two defensive rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Warriors, 137 to 116.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant ended with thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.