Following a tough loss to the Clippers on the road, the Golden State Warriors were looking for a pick-me-up game against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, who had lost four of five.
It’s a good bet that a 103-94 loss at home wasn’t what the Warriors were expecting. A great start followed by an epic Cavaliers comeback due to poor defense and turnovers led to what might be the worst home loss of the season.
The Warriors thought they had this one wrapped up early, but their hopes were only short-lasted. They began the game shooting lights-out and playing great defense, jumping out to a 20-4 lead. They led 32-16 after one quarter, but the Cavaliers flipped the switch in the second, outscoring the Warriors 36-21. A 23-2 run to begin the quarter gave them a brief lead, before Harrison Barnes made a couple of baskets and the Warriors took a one-point lead into halftime.
But it was clear that the Warriors had lost whatever flow they played with to start the game. The Cavaliers closed the third quarter on a 13-3 run, as Stephen Curry’s 12 points constituted all but six points that the Warriors scored in the quarter. Cleveland led 84-71 heading into the fourth. The Warriors seemed to look a little better on offense late as they tried to generate a comeback, but the Cavaliers knocked down shot after shot, and clearly were the better team on the floor tonight.
Spencer Hawes led the Cavaliers with 22 points, while Curry had 27 for the Warriors.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 45.5% (35-77)
- Three-point percentage: 37.9% (11-29)
- Rebounds: 42
- Assists: 23
- Turnovers: 17
- Bench points: 30
- Field-goal percentage: 48.8% (40-82)
- Three-point percentage: 45.5% (10-22)
- Rebounds: 41
- Assists: 19
- Turnovers: 11
- Bench points: 36
Tweet of the Night
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) March 15, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers on Sunday. Strangely, they seem to play good Western Conference teams better than poor teams from the East.