Draymond Green Goes Ballistic During Christmas Day Matchup With Cleveland Cavaliers

It was almost a triumphant ending for Steph Curry, who shot just 4-11 from the field but cashed a fast-break three-pointer with 1:14 left to put the Warriors up 108-105.

After James played the full third quarter, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue tried to buy his star some rest at the start of the fourth. Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love are solid below the rim, and the Cavs will surely dominate rebounds in this game, considering they're facing Pachulia and Durant in the paint.

Curry's first 3-pointer at 4:15 of the second quarter put the Warriors up 49-38.

Klay Thompson scored 24 points and Draymond Green had 16 points while fighting foul trouble all day. The Warriors had a 14-point lead earlier in the fourth quarter, but Cleveland has staged an epic comeback. He now leads the Warriors in scoring at 25.9 points per game. The leader of the Cavaliers had 19 points, six dimes, five boards and three steals in Friday's 119-99 triumph over Brooklyn. It looked over. Then Richard Jefferson crushed a shocking dunk on Kevin Durant's head, winked at him and the Cavs awoke.

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LeBron James paced the Cavs with 31 points and tied a season high with 13 rebounds. But he missed the ensuing free throw.

This was an absolute thriller, a contest played with pitched emotion, frenetic movements and elite execution from the opening tip.

"And we have no sense of entitlement thinking we can even get to a seven-game series". Golden State warmed up for its Christmas Day clash with the Cavaliers by pulling out a 119-113 win at Detroit.

While everyone in Cleveland enjoyed their first championship parade in over half a century, the Warriors went to work in the offseason by replacing Harrison Barnes, the designated goat of the previous postseason, with perennial MVP candidate Kevin Durant.

  • Toni Ryan