NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 27 24 17 36 104
Cleveland 29 25 27 8 89
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 18, 2021
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Cleveland looks to end Warriors' dominance over Cavs

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

  1. Golden State has won 12 consecutive games (including playoffs) against Cleveland and has gone 16-1 over the last 17 meetings in the regular season and playoffs. Cleveland's last win came in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals.
  2. Dating back to last regular season, the Warriors have dished out 20+ assists in 28 consecutive games. The next longest active streak is the San Antonio Spurs, with 19 straight games.
  3. Stephen Curry went 9-for-14 from three in Tuesday's 117-99 win over Brooklyn. Curry now has 37 games with 9+ made threes in his career, which leads the NBA all-time and is four times as many games as second place on that list (James Harden and Damian Lillard, nine games).
  4. After scoring 99 points on Wednesday, the Cavaliers haven't surpassed 100 points in a game in their last five outings. That is the longest streak of any team this season, with only the Pistons (four games, ended on Nov. 5th) also having a streak longer than three.
  5. Ricky Rubio had 25 points in Cleveland's 109-99 loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday. That was his third game this season with 25+ points, after having only four such games in his prior two seasons combined.
  6. The Warriors have 12 wins through 14 games for the fourth time in franchise history. The last two teams to start 12-2 or better both won the NBA Championship (2019-20 Lakers, 2018-19 Raptors).

Two teams coming off visits to Brooklyn with vastly different experiences go head-to-head Thursday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors.

The game will be the second in two nights for the injury- and illness-ravaged Cavaliers, who were thumped 109-99 by the Nets on Wednesday.

Brooklyn had taken the court still stinging from a 117-99 drubbing absorbed courtesy of the Warriors on Tuesday night.

The three-team round robin of sorts concludes in Cleveland, where the Warriors have enjoyed more than their fair share of success over the years.

Golden State will tip off with the best record in the NBA at 12-2 as it pursues a fourth title in eight years. The first three of those championships came at the expense of the Cavaliers in the 2015, 2017 and 2018 Finals.

The Warriors have captured the last three regular-season games on Cleveland's home court in this series, including 119-101 last April.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr isn't thinking NBA Finals just 14 games into the season, but does like the path his team has taken so far this year.

"It's fun to be back in the spotlight again," he assured after Tuesday's nationally televised win. "Our team is really enjoying being back here."

The spotlight surely has been following Stephen Curry, an Akron, Ohio, native whose dad, Dell, played for the Cavaliers. Just 101 days after Stephen Curry was born, Dell was plucked from Cleveland by the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA expansion draft, prompting the family to move south.

Stephen Curry enjoyed his last three Ohio regular-season homecomings, leading the Warriors to three wins by averaging 32.7 points. He had 33 in Golden State's triumph last April.

The Cavaliers got 25 points from Ricky Rubio and 24 from Darius Garland in Wednesday's loss at Brooklyn, but couldn't overcome the absences of Collin Sexton (torn meniscus in left knee), Evan Mobley (sprained right elbow), Jarrett Allen (illness) and Lauri Markkanen (COVID-related).

Cleveland has left the door open for Allen and Markkanen to possibly return to face Golden State, but might have to go without veteran Kevin Love, just back from a COVID-related absence, on the second night of a back-to-back.

Love, who had missed the previous eight games, had 11 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes against the Nets.

With Golden State waiting in Cleveland, Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff thought his guys might have lost focus early on against the Nets.

"The second half was more who we are," he said of his team's rally within nine points after having been down by 23 in the first half. "That's the thing with us. We can't be anybody else. We can't be the Brooklyn Nets. We can't be the Golden State Warriors. We have to be the Cleveland Cavaliers and play Cavaliers basketball all the time."

The Warriors have beaten the Cavaliers eight straight times in the regular season dating back to Christmas Day 2016 and 12 in a row including the 2018 NBA Finals.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 18, 2021

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