OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors jumped all over the Cleveland Cavaliers early en route to a convincing 126-91 victory in the NBA on Monday.
Golden State Jumped Out Early
Golden State, which never trailed in the game, peeled out to a 37-22 first quarter lead and never look back as the hosts handed the Cavs their heaviest defeat of the season.
Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five 3-pointers, Kevin Durant shot 9-of-16 from the floor for 21 points, six rebounds, five assists with three blocks and Stephen Curry finished with 20 points, 11 assists and four steals for the Warriors (35-6), who improved their league-best record with another win.
Draymond Green recorded his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, in addition to equaling his career best with five blocks for Golden State, which won four straight games and eight of the last nine overall.
LeBron Struggles, Cavaliers Can’t Buy Assist
LeBron James had 20 points to lead the Cavaliers, but struggled shooting the ball after going 6-of-18.
The star forward, who also grabbed eight rebounds and turned the ball over six times, was again involved in a testing incident with Green, who was called for a Flagrant 1 for a hit to face on the many-time league MVP.
James played down the incident though.
“I’m alright,” LeBron said, adding, “I’m a football player.”
Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting, Iman Shumpert added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Korver and Richard Jefferson each scored 11 for Cleveland (29-11), which had just 11 assists overall as a team.
The Warriors shot 50.5 percent and had 37 assists on 46 made basket.
Golden State was rebounding throwing away a big lead and lost 109-108 at Cleveland on Christmas Day.
The Warriors and the Cavs also played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year, and Curry and the travellers hammered went into Cleveland and dismissed them 132-98.