Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – David Lee chalked up 22 points and 14 boards and Stephen Curry added 21 points as the Golden State Warriors trounced the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-96, Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors came through with a win in the battle between two of NBA’s up-and-coming teams, leaning on solid field goal shooting and feisty defense in the fourth quarter.
Lee recorded his first double-double after a sluggish start this season while Stephen Curry continued to stroke well from the perimeter as he finished with 21 points and 6 dimes.
The Warriors started like a house on fire, outscoring the Cavs 37-21 in the first quarter. Buoyed by a strong first half from Curry and Lee, the home team headed to the locker room with 59-51 halftime lead.
But the Cavs came alive in the opening salvo of the second half as they unleashed an 18-7 run to take a 69-67 lead in the third.
The Warriors responded with a run of their own as they closed the third period on an 18-5 run to give them an 85-74 cushion entering the fourth period.
Despite another productive game from Kyrie Irving (28 pts, 7 assists, 6 boards), the Warriors safely cruised to a victory at home.
Carl Landry continued his strong performance off the bench for the Warriors, chipping in with 19 points and 9 boards.
Rookie Dion Waiters finished with 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting while Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 10 boards for the Cavs, who missed leading rebounder Anderson Varejao due to a right knee contusion.