The Warriors’ 13th victory came in a long-suffering way. Contrary to what the 89-104 reflected in the final score may invite you to think, Golden State encountered some hardened Cavaliers on their visit to the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and they demonstrated an enormous capacity to stall the Kerr offense for many minutes. , which put them in serious trouble and made them spend much of the crash from behind. However, with the arrival of the last quarter, Stephen Curry decided that it was time to put an end to the illusions of the locals and take the reins of the game.
Those of San Francisco fell 81-68 when the third period ended, and they had barely shown the level they had been exhibiting throughout the season. Cleveland, despite its many casualties, was making the visitors unable to deploy their game, and threatened to take the duel against all odds. In fact, the distance at the end of the third quarter was at that time the maximum of the game, and the Warriors, very blurred during the 36 minutes played, had a difficult task before them if they wanted to carry out a comeback.
“With Stephen Curry on the court, you always have a chance,” said Steve Kerr after the game. So it was.
The point guard, who had 20 points so far, scored another 20 in the fourth quarter to reach 40 and command his team in one of the most devastating sets they have ever starred in. Golde State started the fourth period with a 0-17 start, ending the Cavs in a matter of minutes and taking the lead, and was stretching his good moment until closing with an 8-36 partial that turned a duel that they had uphill in a comfortable victory.
Curry shot 8/12 in this period, including a 4/7 from the perimeter that allowed him to finish with 9 3-pointers for the fourth time so far this season. Steph thus accumulates 38 meetings with 9 or more triples, 29 more than Damian Lillard and James Harden, second in that ranking.
Nemanja Bjelica, with 14 points, was the second scorer for Kerr’s team, who did not offer much support to Curry at the point level. In other respects, however, Draymond Green was fundamental again, especially at the offensive generation and distribution level with 14 assists.
At home, Darius Garland went up to 25 points, and was well supported by the 17 signed by both Dean Wade and Kevin Love. Those of Ohio could not count on Collin Sexton, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen, Jarrett Allen and Cedi Osman, but even with so many absences they managed to stand up to the leaders during much of the clash. However, once Curry began his final bombardment, not only did they find no way to slow him down, but they seemed to mentally leave the game and find no response offensively either.
“Curry is an outrageous gamer,” Bickerstaff acknowledged. “The shots he made were not easy at all, but we know that he has the ability to score them and that Draymond knows how to get him to receive with space. They are the best team in the league for something.
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