CLEVELAND, Sporting Alert – Cleveland fans headed for the exits after three-quarters, as Stephen Curry and the Warriors rout the Cavaliers 132-98 on Monday night.
Curry hit seven 3-pointers on his way to scoring 35 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in three quarters for the Warriors (38-4).
Andre Iguodala added 20 points and five assists and Draymond Green finished with 16 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and two blocks for Golden State, which rebounded from the defeat to the Pistons in the last outing.
Klay Thompson finished with 15 points for the Warriors.
LeBron James paced the Cavaliers (28-11) with 16 points, while J. R. Smith finished with 14 in the defeat.
FIRST HALF REPORT
Stephen Curry scored 21 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Golden State Warriors raced out to a convincing 70-44 halftime lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
Curry, who wanted to show everyone that they are still the best team in the league, despite a few niggles in the last three outings, got off to a swift start to push the Warriors out to a 34-21 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In his opening 12 minutes of action, the reigning MVP shot 6-of-7 from the floor and hit four 3-pointers to lead the Warriors with 16 first quarter points.
He added five more points in the second quarter to go into the interval shooting 8-of-10 overall.
Curry ended the first quarter with two long-range shots — a 27-footer and a 24-footer.
Meanwhile, Draymond Green had 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals, while hitting two 3-pointers and going 3-of-5 from the field overall in the first half.
Klay Thompson also has 11 points, while Andre Iguodala has nine off the bench for the Warriors, who are shooting 65 percent as a team from the floor on 26-of-40 shot.
From long-range, the visitors are 10-of-11 for 58.8 percent.
“We are competing and playing hard,” Golden State Warriors interim coach Luke Walton told TNT in a between quarters interview.
J.R. Smith shot 6-of-8 from the floor for 14 points to lead the Cavaliers going into the interval.
LeBron James has 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, but has also turned the ball over three times.
Timofey Mozgov scored six points for the Cavaliers, who struggled to keep up with the pace of Curry and the offense of the Warriors.
Cleveland ended the first half shooting 46.3 percent on 19-of-41 shooting from the floor.
GS: S. Curry 21 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl
Cle: J. Smith 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl