(AP) — Draymond Green had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors got defensive in their NBA Finals rematch against Cleveland, beating the Cavaliers 89-83 on Friday.
Stephen Curry added 19 points and Klay Thompson had 18 for the Warriors, who improved to 28-1 by winning their 32nd straight regular-season home game. Instead of doing it with 3-pointers, defending champion Golden State maintained its edge over Cleveland by limiting the Cavaliers to 32 percent shooting.
LeBron James scored 25 points to lead the Cavaliers. They had their six-game winning streak snapped.
By Mike Baca
A Christmas day clash is capturing the imaginations of basketball fans as the 26-1 Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on Christmas Day. The Warriors disposed of the short-handed Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals in June. Cleveland was missing power-forward Kevin Love (separated shoulder) and point guard Kyrie Irving (fractured knee cap) in the Finals and eventually the Warriors depth wore down LeBron and his mates.
NBA fans have been pointed toward this match-up for weeks as they Warriors steam-rolled through the league winning 24 straight games. Cleveland has had an up and down start to their season but is now hitting its stride as Irving has just returned to the line-up after six months of rehabilitating his knee.
A Finals preview ? We shall see. One thing is for sure. The Warriors have the hardware and the Cavaliers want to show the Warriors what might have happened if they were healthy.
Game time is 2 pm buckle up