Ahead of Friday’s game, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr explained that four of his five starters against the Cleveland Cavaliers would be sidelined on the night after an overtime loss to the Boston CelticsHe failed to clarify that he meant it was going to be brutal for the Cavs.
With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins in street gear, the Warriors mounted a 3-point barrage to claim an unlikely 120-114 win in Cleveland. Golden State went 23 for 43 from beyond the arc as every Warrior who played – except for center Kevon Looney – knocked down at least a 3-pointer. The Warriors led by as much as 20 points and were never behind more than three minutes into the first quarter.
Jordan Poole led with 32 points and sank a team high five 3s in 12 attempts. Two-wayer Anthony Lamb went 4 for 8 from long range while Donte DiVincenzo, Ty Jerome and JaMychal Green each had three 3-pointers.
With Donovan Mitchell out with a groin injury, Darius Garland stepped up to the Cavs with 31 points and 10 assists while Caris LeVert added 22 points on 5-for-8 3-point shooting. Cleveland shot 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range, but they just couldn’t make enough stops on the track to salvage a win.
“We didn’t respect the game. It’s as simple as that,” said Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff said after the loss. “They have champions over there and we thought some of those guys were out so we wanted to take it easy. We got what we deserved. … We weren’t good. We were disrespectful. We didn’t do the work we had to do.”
It was a crucial win for the Warriors, who finished their five-game road trip 3-2 and improved their dismal away record to 6-18. All season Golden State have been trying to build some momentum, and a strong performance in the overtime loss to Boston followed by that outstanding reserve win might be just the spark they needed.
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