Warriors top Cavs in Finals rematch

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers held their second NBA Finals rematch last night, January 18.

The Warriors traveled to Cleveland this time, and the Cavs were favored in some analysts’ eyes because of their dominant record at home. Before the game, the Cavs had only lost 5 games at home since January 19, 2015, two of those coming from Golden State in the Finals.

The game was considered over early, as the Warriors got out to an early lead. The final score was 132-98, proving not only the Warriors’ offensive prowess, but their elite defensive ability, too. They were up by 43 points at one point, making it the first time that any team with LeBron James on its roster has been down by that much. LeBron said about the loss, “Tonight was an example of how far we’ve got to go to get to a championship level.”

The Cavs were healthy in this match-up, as forward Kevin Love was out in the Finals last season. However, the combination of Kyrie Irving and Love did not prove to be very helpful. They combined to make only 4 shots on 16 attempts, and were not very effective defensively.

LeBron and the Cavs felt a little disrespected before the game because of Stephen Curry’s comments about how he had hoped the locker room still smelled like champagne from when the Warriors’ won the championship last postseason. However, they did not play like they were very offended by the comments, as Curry outscored Irving 35-8, and scored as many points in the first quarter (16) as LeBron did the whole game.

This may have been an embarrassing game for Cleveland, but they will still have the chance to redeem themselves if they can make the Finals a second straight year along with the Warriors.

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