Durant stars in warriors' win


With the trade deadline looming February 8, the Cavaliers do have some options, including trading their 2018 first-round pick, which could fetch interest on the market.

No, it comes from my perception that the Warriors didn't seem like they cared on Monday night.

Durant scored 16 in the third quarter for the defending National Basketball Association champions, who haven't lost outside Oracle Arena since November 22.

The Rockets had the West's best record for much of 2017, but that quickly changed with injuries to both Paul and Harden.

They almost succeeded- but then Kevin Durant and the Warriors decided enough was enough. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson - combined for a total of 40 points while shooting 7/14 from the three-point arc. They were flying around with a manic energy, feeding the bloodthirsty Cleveland crowd in the process.

The Cavaliers kept it rolling in the second quarter, and when halftime rolled around, they had a seven-point lead, 64-57.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors blocks the shot of LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. The Warriors stretched their lead out to six-points late in the quarter after Kevin Durant hit a 29-foot three-pointer.

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A 20-6 run by the Warriors put Cleveland behind by double digits. He finished the game with 19 points on 21 shots and went 1 for 7 from behind the arc.

If Golden State and Cleveland are going to meet in the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season, this might be the Cavaliers' worst chance to pull off the upset and win a championship.

The report comes shortly after the Cavaliers' fourth straight loss - a 10-point defeat to the defending champion Warriors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Stephen Curry had 23 points for Golden State, which hasn't lost outside Oakland since November 22. "We're there - we're trying to get there - but we just need to be a little bit earlier". "This is who we are when we're on the road".

Heading into their matchup on Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors were headed in different directions.

"Because we've got the best player in the world", Lue said. Perhaps once Isaiah Thomas gets his feet under him, the offense will get a boost. Isaiah Thomas, who missed the first 11 weeks before taking the court on January 2, will have shaken off the rust long before the playoffs. "It's tough to beat a team when they have and eight- or ten-point lead and they're really good like they are".

Meanwhile, the Cavs will remain in Cleveland for the rest of the week as they host the Orlando Magic on Thursday, followed by a nationally televised (ABC) showdown against the OKC Thunder on Saturday at 3:30pm ET.