CLEVELAND (AP) – Stephen Curry scored 33 points – topping 30 for a career-best ninth consecutive game – and thepulled away for a 119-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Curry, who made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers over the previous three games, is averaging 38.2 points during his torrid run. The Akron, Ohio, native missed his first eight attempts beyond the arc, finishing 4 of 13, and had five assists . “He’s been incredible lately, even by Steph standards,” Warriors Kerr said. “It’s the result of a lifetime of training and , but he does it night after night. We’re in a perfect place right now. The guys feel good about themselves.”
Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Juan Toscano-Anderson had 20, and Draymond Green added five points, ten rebounds, and eight assists for Golden State, ninth in the West. The Warriors led by 18 points in the second quarter and were up 22 in the fourth. “I just try to bring the team joy and a competitive fire,” Curry said. “We’ve got a ways to go, but developing different ways to is good.”
“It’s amazing the way Curry plays,” Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen said, shaking his head in disbelief. “He makes anything from half-court to the baseline.”
Collin Sextonfrom a two-game absence with a strained groin, and Allen had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland. Darius Garland added 20 points and seven assists.
The Cavaliers have lost 16 of their last 17 to the Warriors, with the lone— the third of their unprecedented four straight matchups in the championship series.
“Steph and Draymond are so good, and with their experience, they’re just deadly,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “And the other guys play their role to a ‘T.’” Golden State absorbed a significant hit earlier in the day when rookie center James Wiseman was ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing right. The No. 2 overall pick suffered a meniscal tear on April 10 against Houston.
“It’s tough because he was headed in the right direction, but I told him he needs to think big picture,” Curry said. “He can use this toand turn a negative into a positive.”
On Wednesday, the Warriors checked into their downtown hotel at 3:30 a.m. after. The Cavaliers also were playing back-to-back following a 103-90 victory in Charlotte.
Warriors: G Kelly Oubre Jr. (left wrist soreness)and will be re-evaluated Friday. Kerr said Oubre would perform some basketball drills before being examined. … Wiggins was Cleveland’s No. 1 to Minnesota for F Kevin Love two months later. … Assistant Brown piloted the Cavaliers’ to their first NBA Finals appearance in 2007.
Cavaliers: G Damyean Dotson (left knee soreness) and G(left knee soreness) were inactive. Dotson sat out his third , while Windler last played on March 29. … converted to a multi-year pact. Stevens went undrafted after playing four seasons at Penn State … F Mfiondu Kabengele is on a 10-day warranty that expires on April 19.
Wiseman ranks fifth amongaverage and is third in rebounding at 5.8, but Kerr said Golden State doesn’t have to sign a center to replace him. “Adding size just for the sake of adding size isn’t something that you look to do,” Kerr said. “We’re going to . That’s the type of team we’ve been for a long time.” Wiseman is expected to return for the start of .
Warriors: At Boston on Saturday for the second game on a season-high, five-gamethat ends on April 21 at Washington. Cavaliers: At Chicago on Saturday. The Central Division foes will meet twice in five days, completing the home-and-home set on April 21.
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