Curry leads War­riors past Cavs in faux re­match

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CLEVE­LAND — Their fierce ri­valry is over, re­duced to only mem­o­ries.

The War­riors and Cava­liers had some­thing spe­cial, four straight NBA Fi­nals that Steph Curry will one day sa­vor. Some day.

“It was his­tor­i­cal,” Curry said. “I’ll def­i­nitely sit back on the couch in 10 or 12 years when it’s all over and think about what it was like to play here, and how high the stakes were ev­ery time we came into this build­ing.”

Right now, Curry and the War­riors aren’t ready to rem­i­nisce.

Curry made nine 3point­ers and scored 42 points, Kevin Du­rant added 25 and Golden State re­turned to face a very dif­fer­ent look­ing Cleve­land team for the first time since win­ning an­other NBA ti­tle and beat the Cava­liers 129-105 on Wed­nes­day night.

Fully healed after miss­ing 11 games with a strained groin, Curry scored nine points in less than a minute mid­way through the fourth quar­ter to help the War­riors pull away for their eighth straight win over their former Fi­nals ri­vals. Curry added nine re­bounds and seven as­sists, and Du­rant had 10 re­bounds and nine as­sists.

It was Golden State’s first visit to Cleve­land since June, when the War­riors com­pleted a sweep to win their third cham­pi­onship in four years.

Noth­ing in Quicken Loans Arena felt or looked the same.

“The en­ergy be­fore the game, after the game,” Du­rant said, not­ing the changes in Cleve­land. “There were more me­dia mem­bers here the last cou­ple of years. We were talk­ing about that be­fore we ran out on the floor. That was a cir­cus right here dur­ing the Fi­nals. You start think­ing about the great mem­o­ries you had, es­pe­cially the cham­pi­onship.

“I’m sure we’ll feel those feel­ings ev­ery time we walk into the build­ing.”

This was the first matchup be­tween the War­riors and Cava­liers since LeBron James left as a free agent last sum­mer. The Cavs are start­ing from scratch after a four-year run as Eastern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons, and they’re strug­gling with­out Al­lS­tar Kevin Love, who is re­cov­er­ing from foot surgery and while for­ward J.R. Smith is on a forced hia­tus.

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