Stephen Curry nearly posted a triple-double in leading the Golden State Warriors to a 108-104 overtime victory over Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry finished the contest with 29 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds while joining teammate Klay Thompson in playing a game-high 48 minutes.
Irving sunk a game-tying three-pointer with nine seconds on the clock in regulation that sent the game into overtime after a last-second attempt by Curry did not find the mark. The Cavs’ star point guard had a nice game himself, dropping 27 points on 9 of 19 shooting (including 3 of 3 from long range) and dishing out 9 assists while only turning the ball over one time on the night.
Dion Waiters played 39 minutes off the bench for the Cavs, shooting just 3 of 15 from the field and committing 5 turnovers. The Cavs relied heavily on both Waiters and Jarrett Jack (34 minutes) off the bench, while Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson placed heavy minutes on his starters shoulders, with only seven players playing more than twenty minutes for his squad.
Curry didn’t receive a lot of help either, however, as Klay Thompson shot just 5 of 16 (3 of 12 from three-point range) in putting up 16 points, and Harrison Barnes struggled off the bench, scoring 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting. On the positive side for Golden State, Andre Iguodala only scored 8 points but had 10 assists, and David Lee put up 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting before fouling out.
The Cavaliers did their usual act of only having one real offensive weapon, but Irving played so well that the game ended up entering an extra session. Tristan Thompson played well in scoring 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, but did turn the ball over 5 times in the contest.
The Warriors lifted their record to 19-13 in winning their 5th straight game, while the Cavs fell to 10-20, including an 8-7 record at Quicken Loans Arena.