Published: Sat, January 09, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

LeBron James disappoints as Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers


Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry sank back-to-back driving layups in the final minutes to answer consecutive slam dunks by LeBron James, and shut down a Cleveland rally as Golden State improved the best start in NBA history to 28-1.

The honors keep rolling in for Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award Saturday. Not all teams can do it, but those who can aggressively play the Warriors enough to slow them down, turning the game into halfcourt drag, are having more success lately than we're used to seeing.

I can sympathize with Cleveland's desire to play "what if" with the NBA Finals. Take away J.R. Smith 4-of-8 performance, and the rest of the Cavs were 1 of 22 on three-pointers. Most of those points came off turnovers, as the Warriors' defense once again proved to be the key to their best offense.

Cleveland was held down to 31.6 per cent shooting overall, or 30-of-95 field goals and 16.7 per cent three-point shooting, or 5-of-30 from behind the arc. The team might not have gotten the job done earlier today, as they fell to the Golden State Warriors, 89-83, but it does not discount what they have done all season. "They had the tempo where they wanted it. And for us to win that game, it shows we can win any type of game". "Because we know we're going to get to that point".

Curry laughed when Jackson's comments were relayed to him, but he also seemed confused by them.

Curry missed part of the second quarter after aggravating a right calf injury he suffered Wednesday, but said he would not miss any games. There was a playoff feel to it, he said, because of the daytime tipoff and because a lot of family members were in town. "But at the end of the day, a win like (Friday), you have to definitely take it. Obviously you can grow off of it, but it's a good win".

The Warriors led by 10 with 3:48 left when the Cavaliers made their run. With Barnes out and Brandon Rush getting the initial defensive assignment on LeBron James, the Warriors actually jumped out to a 28-19 lead after one.

If you're willing to sift through the garbage assortment of words Jackson threw together here, you can *almost* get the point he's trying to make. The Cleveland Cavaliers' number one elf, James, drove to the basket and missed a layup, largely thanks to the stalwart defensive technique of the Warriors' Klay Thompson.

While he is the reason Cleveland was in the game for much of the fourth quarter, his ball dominance throughout left his teammates out of rhythm and thus in no position to help him carry the load in the waning moments, making it easy for the Warriors to either force the ball out of his hands, or to bait him into a bad shot attempt.

Butler was well supported by center Pau Gasol, who recorded a double-double that consisted of 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Forward LeBron James had 25 points on 10-for-26 shooting for the Cavs.

The Warriors went into the locker room with a 45-42 halftime lead, marking their lowest-scoring first half of the season. But Iguodala from off the bench was able to pester James, and Livingston scored 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting. They're just not in the same league as Golden State.

 

"I love how much our guys compete", Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said.

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