Curry scored 20 of 40 points in fourth, and the Warriors beat the Caves
Cleveland – Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, scoring three consecutive three-pointers, and the NBA leaders Golden State Warriors overcame a 13-point delay to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 Thursday night.
Curry made 8 of 12 shots, including 4 of 7 three-pointers, in the recent period to help Golden State outsmart the Cavaliers 36-8. The Warriors ran the first 17 points of the quarter to gain an 85-81 advantage, leaving Cleveland to have 12 consecutive empty possessions.
“With Steve on the floor, you always have a chance,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “He is one of the greatest players in the history of the game and the greatest 3-point shooter ever. He is brave and always able to catch fire like that.”
Playing with a bruised left thigh, Curry finished 15 of 27 from the field, 9 of 16 off the arc and 1 of 1 from the foul streak. The two-time best player averaged his best goals in the NBA to 29.5 and managed 6 assists and four rebounds.
Nemanja Peleka added 14 points, Andrew Wiggins 12 points and Draymond Green added four points and 14 assists for Golden State, who improved to 13-2. The Warriors have won nine consecutive wins over the Cavaliers and are drawing 17-1 against them since January 2017.
Golden State held a contender with eight points or less in the fourth quarter for the first time since November 5, 2003, against Atlanta.
“It was amazing watching our energy finish fourth, and I had the best spot in the house,” Curry said. “We are very good at wearing teams with our defence.”
Darius Garland scored a season-high by 25 points, dropping the injury-plagued Cavaliers to 9-8. They advanced 81-68 in fourth after Dean Wade hit a corner kick as time expired in the third set.
Wade and Kevin Love each scored 17 points, and Ed Davis added seven points and 14 rebounds.
“Stephen Curry is a basketball player from hell,” Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff said. “The shots he was making weren’t easy, but he obviously has the skill set to do them and Draymond knows how to make it open. They are the best team in the league right now for a reason.”
Cleveland was without four starting players in rookie forward Evan Mobley (right elbow sprain), goalkeeper Colin Sexton (left knee meniscus tear), quarterback Jarrett Allen (disease) and forward Laurie Markkanen (conditioning). Striker Sidi Othman (back spasms) was a late kick.
“I thought we did really well with the mindset of the next guy,” Garland said. “Steve just got hot. That was all.”
Juan Toscano Anderson provided a boost from the bench for Golden State, finishing seven points, five rebounds and a pair of assists in fourth, which ended with the selling crowd at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse chanting “MVP” at the Curry.
“It’s like you’re in a street fight and you have Mike Tyson by your side,” Toscano Anderson said. “It makes the game more easy and fun. It is fun to play with this guy.”
Warriors: J. Andre Iguodala (left hip), who picked up the 2015 NBA Finals Player of the Year award against Cleveland, has left his third game of the season due to injury management reasons. … G Klay Thompson (right Achilles tendon rupture) last played on June 13, 2019, while C James Wiseman (right knee) hasn’t played on court since April 10 … Assistant coach Mike Brown has spent six seasons coaching the Cavaliers.
Cavaliers: Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley, seeded third in the draft, will be out until December after his right elbow collided with Celtics defender Enes Kanter on Monday. …F Lauri Markkanen is training after he was cleared of the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, but missed his ninth game in a row. …F Lamar Stevens (right ankle) was inactive for the fourth game in a row. … J. Ricky Rubio was awarded the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his efforts to improve the lives of children and families with cancer at a court event.
Warriors: In Detroit Friday night.
Cavaliers: Host Brooklyn Club Monday night.
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