Final Score: Golden State 108, Cleveland 104 (OT)
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Andre Iguodala found Draymond Green for
the go-ahead slam with nearly a minute left in overtime, and the Golden State
Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-104, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Stephen Curry iced the outcome by sinking a jumper from the left wing with
13.5 seconds left, sending the Warriors to their fifth straight victory. It
was also Golden State's sixth consecutive win against the Cavaliers, tying a
Curry ended with 29 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while David Lee
contributed 19 points before fouling out in overtime.
It was a positive start to a seven-game road trip for the Warriors.
"It wasn't quite in the fashion that we wanted to do it," Green said about the
win. "One thing we talked about is showing some resolve. When things aren't
going our way and everything's going their way, continue to fight and don't
let go of the rope. On a road trip like this, to start out like that is
Kyrie Irving tallied 27 points and nine assists for the Cavaliers, who lost
their fifth straight contest. Tristan Thompson added 17 points and 12
Harrison Barnes made a running bank shot to tie the game at 104 with 1:55
left in overtime. Irving then missed a pair of layups, sandwiched between a
blocked shot from Green on Thompson.
Iguodala then passed to a cutting Green, who threw down the emphatic go-ahead
dunk with 59.7 seconds left.
Jarrett Jack and Dion Waiters each missed a jump shots for the Cavs before
Curry secured the victory.
The Cavaliers led by as many as 17 points in the first half and took a 64-55
margin into the break. Waiters drained a step-back jumper in the final minute
of the third to give the hosts an 84-82 edge going to the fourth.
Green canned a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.9 seconds left, but Irving came back
with a 3-point jumper with 9.5 ticks left to force overtime. Curry missed
running shot in the lane in the closing seconds of regulation.
"As the game went along we thought we were getting a little tired," Cavs coach
Mike Brown said. "We did not have the some pop or pace that we had in the
Golden State's Andrew Bogut inadvertently elbowed Irving in the face during
the second quarter. Irving was right back in the game less than two minutes
later ... The six-game win streak for the Warriors against the Cavs ties the
mark set in 1971-72 and again in 1973-74 ... The Warriors have won four in a
row in Cleveland for the first time since 1984-88. That's two off the record,
set 1971-74 ... CJ Miles had 17 points for the Cavs ... Golden State was 10-
of-33 from 3-point range, compared to 10-of-16 for Cleveland.
12/30 00:27:46 ET
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