Curry car­ries War­riors over Cavs

Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS - BAS­KET­BALL (AFP)

STEPHEN Curry scored 42 points to lead the Golden State War­riors to a 129-105 vic­tory over the Cleve­land Cava­liers on Wed­nes­day in an NBA Fi­nals re­match in name only.

Curry drained 9 3-point­ers and Kevin Du­rant added 25 points on 9-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 9 re­bounds and 7 as­sists. Du­rant pulled down 10 re­bounds and handed out 9 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 de­part as a free agent to the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers. For­ward JR 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.

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 5 min­utes to play to beat the Brook­lyn Nets 114-112 in New York.

“This is a spe­cial night,” said Thun­der for­ward Paul Ge­orge, who scored 25 of his 47 points in the fourth quar­ter. “We came to­gether when we were down — our backs against the wall. We showed who we are tonight.”

Ge­orge drained the game-win­ning 3 with 3 sec­onds re­main­ing, tak­ing a feed from Rus­sell West­brook, who drew two de­fend­ers then passed to Ge­orge on the perime­ter. West­brook fin­ished with 21 points, 17 as­sists and 15 re­bounds, his 108th ca­reer triple-dou­ble mov­ing him past Ja­son Kidd for third place on the NBA’s all-time list.

Only Os­car Robert­son with 181 and Magic John­son with 138 have achieved more triple-dou­bles.

Also, it was: Lak­ers 121, Spurs 113; Rap­tors 113, 76ers 102; Wiz­ards 131, Hawks 117; Bucks 115, Pis­tons 92; Grizzlies 96, Clip­pers 86; Tim­ber­wolves 121, Hor­nets 104; and Pel­i­cans 132, Mav­er­icks 106.

Ok­la­homa City Thun­der for­ward Paul Ge­orge hits the game-win­ning 3-point shot to de­feat the Brook­lyn Nets 114-112 in their NBA match-up at Bar­clays Cen­ter in Brook­lyn, New York, on Wed­nes­day. — Reuters

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