Cleveland vs. Golden State Christmas Showdown Game Recap
With another clutch shot in the dying seconds, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers downed the Golden State Warriors in an amazing come from behind 109-108 victory. Irving scored a turn around game-winning basket against a taller Klay Thompson with 3.4 seconds remaining to complete the Cavaliers 14-point comeback in the fourth quarter. The rematch of last June's NBA finals lived up to its hype by showcasing an incredible Christmas showdown at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 36 points and had the last chance to regain the lead for the Dubs in the last seconds of the game, but lost his balance off a screen and was not able to put up a shot as the time expired. Klay Thompson added 24 points, Draymond Green scored 16 while Steph Curry chipped in 15 points for the Warriors whose winning streak was snapped at seven games.
LeBron James led the Cavs with 31 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, Irving, who had the game-winner, added 25 points, and Kevin Love finished with 20 for Cleveland who were down 3-1 in last season's NBA championship before doing the impossible and stunning the 73-win Warriors by winning three consecutive games in the finals to claim its first NBA title since winning the championship in 1952, according to ESPN.
For the first time this season, the Warriors were not able to hit a single three-pointer in the first quarter in seven attempts. Despite Draymond Green sitting out after committing two quick fouls, the Dubs still led 27-25 at the end of the first quarter. After Stephen Curry hit a three, his first shot of the game, and increased the lead to 49-38 with 4:15 remaining in the half, it looked like the Warriors were about to pull away, but LeBron and the Cavs stormed back and tied the game at 50, in a report by SB Nation.
In the second half, specifically in the fourth quarter, Golden State also looked like they were about to pull away after leading as much as 14 points, but Cleveland slowly climbed back, then Kyrie Irving happened. Irving scored two huge baskets down the stretch. His first clutch shot was when he tied the game with a minute left, then the biggest shot came with 3.4 seconds left against Klay Thompson who is one of the best defenders in the NBA. That was the nail in the coffin. Despite adding Durant in the off-season, The Warriors are still trying to figure out the Cavaliers.
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