By Adrian Sullivan
The Christmas games in the NBA season have been fans favorites year after year and two of the best teams of NBA played today.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors seem to be on another finals collision course. The matchup marks the third straight Christmas that the two teams have faced each other. The game was nothing short of a championship caliber game.
The intensity of the game was so high that much of the opening play seemed sloppy. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green both received technical fouls early in the first quarter. The first half of the game was neck and neck with the Warriors leading the Cavs 46-44 heading into halftime.
The second half was moving in the same direction until Golden State heated up and landed a 9-point lead to go up 90-81 late in the fourth quarter. A run the Cavs would not recover from.
Two no calls for LeBron down the stretch also hurt any hopes of a Cavs comeback. The controversial officiating on obvious fouls changed the outcome of the game. This leaves room to question if officials should be able to overturn calls with the help of replay in the final moments of the game.
Even without Stephen Curry, Golden state had too much firepower for the Cavs to contend with. Kevin Durant’s 25 points and Klay Thompson’s 24 lead the Warriors.
Kevin Love lead all scorers in the game with 31 points. LeBron James struggled on 7-18 shooting from the field and notched off 20 points.
The two teams are set for a rematch on Jan. 15th. That game will be more telling for finals implications. Both teams will have their superstar point-guards back on the floor to see who has the better squad.
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