According to the score, the Warriors blew the Cavs out by 24 points. The game was close though, I swear. The Cavs finished the first-half on a 19-5 run hitting five 3s to be up six. The third quarter didn’t go as planned though, as the Warriors outscored the Cavs 37-22 behind 15 Kevin Durant points. By the time the fourth rolled around, Cleveland was done for and the Warriors just kept adding onto their lead.
Rodney Hood led the Cavs early on getting 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter. Collin Sexton led the team in scoring with 21 points on 7-14 shooting. He went 3-3 on 3s, including two during the Cavs big second quarter run. Tristan Thompson caught another double-double with 14 points and 19 boards. And, Cedi was probably the best all around Cavalier with 16 points on 6-12 shooting to go with three boards and two steals. The team even managed to limit their turnovers to just ten on the evening.
However, the Warriors are perhaps and the most efficient team at getting points off turnovers and managed 17 points from the miscues. They also blazed from behind the arc hitting 18-34. Stephen Curry dropped 42 points hitting nine 3s, four of which came in the first quarter. Kevin Durant had a near triple-double putting up 26 to go with 10 boards and nine assists. Klay Thompson had a relatively quite outing getting 16 points on 5-15 shooting.
The Cavs played fairly good defense during the game, but the Warriors capitalized on nearly every mistake they made. And, when they weren’t exploiting a weakness after several good defensive rotations, Curry would bomb a 30 foot 3-pointer over a defender. Their talent simply swallowed up the Cavs, and the Cavs offense just disappeared in the second half, as the ball just wasn’t finding the open man and guys couldn’t create on their own. Cleveland had just eight assists in the second-half after notching eight in the second.
Nate Smith and myself went to the Pod Booth after the game to discuss the past couple of Cavs games, who we think is making it to the Finals, trades for current Cavs, who we like in the West, new Cavalier Alec Burks, and much more.