Curry car­ries War­riors over Cava­liers

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

STEPHEN Curry scored 42 points to lead the Golden State War­riors to a 129105 vic­tory over the Cleve­land Cava­liers on Wed­nes­day in an NBA Fi­nals re­match in name only.

Curry drained nine three-point­ers and Kevin Du­rant added 25 points on nine of 16 shoot­ing as the War­riors pulled away in the sec­ond half against a Cleve­land team that bears lit­tle re­sem­blance to the LeBron James-led Cavs that bat­tled the War­riors in the last four cham­pi­onship se­ries.

Curry, look­ing fully re­cov­ered in his third game back from a groin in­jury that side­lined him for 11 games, added nine re­bounds and seven as­sists. Du­rant pulled down 10 re­bounds and handed out nine as­sists.

The War­riors were back in Cleve­land for the first time since June, when they beat the Cavs to win their sec­ond straight NBA ti­tle and third in four years.

Since then the Cavs have seen James depa r t a s a f ree agent to t he L os An­ge­les Lak­ers. For­ward J.R. Smith was also ab­sent from the team, Kevin Love was nurs­ing a foot in­jury and Kyle Korver was re­cently traded to Utah.

Tris­tan Thomp­son, one of the only holdovers from the Cava­liers teams that chal­lenged the War­riors – and beat them for the crown in 2016 – scored 14 points with 19 re­bounds.

Rookie Collin Sex­ton led the Cava­liers with 21 points.

“It just felt quiet, from what we’re used to,” War­riors coach Steve Kerr said of the at­mos­phere in Cleve­land. “For ob­vi­ous rea­sons – it’s not the same out there.”

De­spite Curry’s 25 first-half points, Cleve­land led at the break, clos­ing the half on a 19-5 scor­ing run.

“I thought they com­peted re­ally hard,” Kerr said of the Cava­liers. “First half, they knocked down shots – they con­trolled the whole half. Our ta­lent took over in the sec­ond half.”

The War­riors im­proved to 17-9 – still fourth in a Western Con­fer­ence led by the Den­ver Nuggets, who edged the Or­lando Magic 124-118 in over­time for a sev­enth straight vic­tory that pushed their record to 17-7.

They fin­ished the night half a game in front of the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der, who erased a 23-point deficit with less than five min­utes to play to beat the Brook­lyn Nets 114-112.

JA­SON MILLER/GETTY IM­AGES/AFP

Stephen Curry (right) of the Golden State War­riors at the Quicken Loans Arena on Wed­nes­day.

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