The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers so badly on Monday it reminded fans that the Christmas Day loss to their NBA Finals rivals was a fluke. The “Super Team” got major contributions from their core players and got the easy, one-sided 126-91 victory over the defending champions.
Klay Thompson led the way with 26 points hitting five three-pointers, the same treys Stephen Curry had on his way to 20 points and 11 assists. Kevin Durant added 21 points while Zaza Pachulia had 13 rebounds.
Draymond Green had a triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists with 5 blocks. The Warriors starters got their rest in the fourth quarter with the game already decided right around halftime when Golden State had the 78-49 lead.
Different Golden State Warriors compared to Christmas Day game, Cavs outclassed
Unlike the game in Cleveland, the Warriors made sure they won’t collapse on Monday and never gave the Cavs a chance for a comeback in the second half. LeBron James had 20 points and 8 rebounds but had six turnovers for the Cavaliers squad that shot just 35.2% from the field overall.
The Warriors shot well on Monday, at 50.5% as a team including 15 of 34 from the three-point area. Curry and Thompson had five three-pointers each and Durant added three treys.
The Warriors choked in Cleveland last Christmas losing 109-108 even after having a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving hit the game-winner in that controversial game that saw a non-foul call on Kevin Durant in the last play.
On Monday, Irving had 17 points but missed 13 of 19 shots from the field. Kevin Love played just 16 minutes and had 3 points on 1 of 6 shooting.
The Cavaliers and Warriors won’t meet again this regular season. But they are the favorites to advance from the East and West, respectively. The next potential meeting will be in the playoffs in the NBA Finals in June.