CLEVELAND, OH—The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 109-108 in a Christmas Day matchup on Sunday, December 25.
Cleveland rallied from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit, taking the final lead on a Kyrie Irving jump shot with 3.4 seconds remaining in the game. Irving finished with 25 points, six rebounds and 10 assists.
“He’s just a killer on the court,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said of Irving after the game. “We put the ball in his hands at the end of the game to go one-on-one against Klay, who’s a great defender.”
The game marked the first matchup between the two teams since the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors in last year’s NBA finals after trailing in the series 3-1.
LeBron James had 31 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for the Cavaliers, who have won five consecutive games, as well as 9 of their last 10. Kevin Love scored 20 points while grabbing six rebounds and five assists. Triston Thompson added eight points and eight rebounds.
Cleveland is now 23-6 overall and first place in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers will play the Detroit Pistons in their next game on Monday, December 26.
Kevin Durant had a game-high 36 points and 15 rebounds for the Warriors, who snapped a seven-game winning streak with the loss. Klay Thompson scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers while Steph Curry added 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. Draymond Green contributed 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Warriors fall to 27-5 overall, retaining the NBA’s best record. Golden State will host the Toronto Raptors in their next meeting on Wednesday, December 28.