Curry rains 3-point­ers in War­riors’ rout of Cavs

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Mark Me­d­ina

CLEVE­LAND — Six months passed, and this at­mos­phere looks and feels dif­fer­ent.

The poster of LeBron James no longer hangs out­side of the Cavaliers’ arena. The arena ap­peared nearly half-full. And as demon­strated in the War­riors’ 129-105 over the Cavaliers on Wed­nes­day, they no longer view this matchup as an NBA Fi­nals pre­view. Fol­low­ing James’ de­par­ture to the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers this sum­mer, the War­riors showed how their lat­est game against Cleve­land could serve as a for­get­table reg­u­lar-sea­son game that causes them to sleep­walk.

The War­riors (17-9) still sat­is­fied the bot­tom-line re­sults with a two-game win­ning streak. They showed their dom­i­nance with a third-quar­ter run that en­tailed outscor­ing the Cavaliers, 31-22, and 11 unan­swered points. And in his third game since nurs­ing a strained left groin, War­riors guard Stephen Curry has fully be­come Steph Curry again. He fin­ished with 42 points, while shoot­ing 11 of 20 from the field, 9 of 14 from 3point range and 11 of 12 from the freethrow line.

But only the Cavs ini­tially treated this game with NBA Fi­nals in­ten­sity. They fin­ished with a 64-58 half­time lead after the War­riors com­mit­ted six of their eight turnovers and con­ceded 20 points in the paint.

Curry posted con­sec­u­tive per­for­mances that could push him back in the reg­u­lar-sea­son MVP dis­cus­sion just as he did prior to his in­jury, Kevin Du­rant added 25 points, and War­riors cen­ter Kevon Looney (eight points, six re­bounds) and Jonas Jere­bko (11 points, five as­sists, four re­bounds) fur­ther ce­mented them­selves as depend­able role play­ers.

Col­lin Sex­ton (21 points), Jor­dan Clark­son (17) and Rod­ney Hood (15) led the Cavs in scor­ing. The War­riors fin­ish their five-game trip on Fri­day in Mil­wau­kee.

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