OAKLAND, CA, Sporting Alert – Draymond Green collected a double of 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-83 in a repeat of last year’s NBA finals.
Green shot 8 of 17 from the floor and had seven assists and two key blocks in his 39 minutes on the floor.
Stephen Curry scored 19 points seven rebounds and seven assists, Klay Thompson added 18 points and six boards and Shaun Livingston chipped in with 16 points on 8 of 9 shooting off the bench for the Warriors (28-1), who have the best start in the NBA.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 25 points, and nine rebounds, with J.R. Smith finishing with 14 points in the defeat.
Kyrie Irving scored 13 points, but miss all six of his 3-point attempts for Cleveland (19-8) which had its six-game winning streak snapped.
Both teams struggled from behind the 3-point line — with the Warriors going 5 of 18 and Cavaliers shooting 5 of 30 from long distance.
Golden State got the better of Cleveland on the defensive side — forcing James and Co. into making tough and sometimes silly shots.
FIRST HALF REPORT
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) December 26, 2015
The Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 45-42 at halftime in the Christmas Day fixture at ORACLE Arena, Oakland.
Versatile power forward Draymond Green scored 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks at halftime for the Warriors, who shot 4 of 11 from 3-point range as a team.
Stephen Curry scored 10 points, but was only 2 of 7 from the floor. He also had three rebounds and three assists.
LeBron James leads the Cavaliers with 11 points and four rebounds at halftime.
Kyrie Irving and Matthew Dellavedova each have seven points for the Cavaliers, who was only 2 of 17 from 3-point range for 11.8-percent.
Klay Thompson has missed both his 3-point attempts and has eight points for the Warriors, who turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, including six-times in the opening quarter.