Warriors Pull Away from Cavs
Wrap-Up – The Cavaliers – already shorthanded without an injured Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller – put themselves at an even bigger disadvantage when they spotted Golden State a 16-point lead after one quarter. The Wine and Gold battled back, tying the score at 65-apiece on Alonzo Gee’s three-point play midway through the third. The Cavs even took a brief lead, but the Warriors pulled away down the stretch– handing Cleveland the 106-96 loss on Wednesday night in Oakland.Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 28 points to go with seven assists and six boards. Dion Waiters and Daniel Gibson added a dozen points apiece and Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Turning Point – After a furious third-quarter rally to tie the game – and eventually take the lead on Samardo Samuels’ free throws – the Warriors went on a 17-4 to close the period. The Cavaliers never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Game Ball – Daniel Gibson -- With the Cavaliers trailing by 17 midway through the second, Boobie canned a pair of three-pointers to get the Wine and Gold within striking distance. He finished 4-of-8 from beyond the arc on the night, and was just as solid on the defensive end, checking Warriors of all shapes and sizes – from Klay Thompson to Draymond Green to Richard Jefferson.
By the Numbers – 53.8 … field goal percentage for the Warriors on Wednesday, their season-high.
Quotable – Byron Scott, unhappy with his squad allowing that 53.8 percent shooting, wrapping up his postgame meeting with the media …
“Defense. Period. We done? Thank you.”
Seen and Heard – A player favorite during his time in Cleveland, current Warriors assistant Mike Malone – who coached with the Cavs from 2004-05 through the 2009-10 season – made his way over to the Cavs side of the floor during pregame shootaround, handing out hugs and handshakes. Malone spent two years with the Hornets before joining Marc Jackson’s staff in Golden State. Malone is one of the league’s nicest guys and sharpest defensive minds, and odds are he’ll be heading up his own coaching staff one day soon.
Up Next – With the six-game roadie half over, the Cavaliers head to Phoenix to face the Suns on Friday night. From there, it’s on to Oklahoma City to battle Kevin Durant and the Western Conference Champs on Sunday before wrapping up the trip on Tuesday night in Brooklyn.