Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green scored 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, helping the Golden State to a 112-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime on Monday night.
“We were able to keep the momentum going and come back in the third quarter,” Green said.
“Our energy was coming back, we kept coming back.”
The Warriors were playing without Stephen Curry, who missed four games with a sprained left ankle.
Curry returned from the injury, and the Warriors are 3-1 against the Cavs.
“I think I had to get a little bit stronger to be able to guard Steph (Curry),” Green said, referring to Curry’s three-point shot he took with 2.7 seconds left.
“It’s a lot of responsibility to guard him.
He can make shots that other guys can’t make. “
He’s the best shooter in the league.
He can make shots that other guys can’t make.
The Cavs, who lost for the first time in six games, took a 27-20 lead into the fourth. “
But I can’t guard him and he can’t defend me.”
The Cavs, who lost for the first time in six games, took a 27-20 lead into the fourth.
The Warriors closed the fourth on a 13-2 run to cut the lead to 66-59.
The Cavs missed a 3-pointer by LeBron James, and a 3 by Drayton Green that had the Warriors ahead 66-61 with 1:11 left.
The Cavaliers’ Stephen Curry scored 20, but James missed a 2-pointer with 2:28 left.
James scored 11 of his 21 points in the second half.
The Cleveland players, however, kept the momentum rolling.
The team’s best player, James, was held scoreless for the third time in four games, but scored 19 points, hitting a 3 with 11:55 left in the fourth to give the Cavs a 70-62 lead.
Curry and James combined for 29 points, while Green had 23 and eight rebounds.
“This was an emotional night,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.
Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving scored 18 points.
The Thunder made six 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the game, including a pair by Westbrook, and outscored the Warriors 35-24.
The game was the fourth of a back-to-back for the Warriors.
The next contest is Sunday at 8 p.m.
ET against the San Antonio Spurs.