The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 109-108 in Cleveland, Ohio to win the first match in between the two clubs since the Finals.
The marquee game pit the last two winners of the Larry O’Brian trophy against each other, in a rivalry that s becoming more intense with every passing season. The last three players who have won the MVP award, and the 7 of the last 8, participated in this grand contest. Already boasting of one of the strongest squads in history, the Warriors also added Kevin Durant to their roster this off-season, a move that made the Dubs favourites for the title. But as we have seen so far this season, the Cavaliers have also improved and look every bit the Champions they are.
After splitting the last two Finals, it looks like these two teams will again face off this season to decide the NBA Champion. They are two historically good teams and can easily create unbreakable records this season, especially the young and healthy Golden State Warriors. Not taking anything away from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, but age and fatigue are starting to catch up on their talisman James.
— NBA (@NBA) December 25, 2016
Although it was Kyrie who iced both this game and the game 7 in last year’s finals, LeBron is still the King in Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry has gone hot and cold since the Finals last year, and it is Durant who has become the go-to guy. Both teams fought hard till the final whistle, but in the end, the Warriors came up short, even after leading for almost the whole game and having a 14 point lead in the final quarter. Cavaliers once again came from behind to pull off an unlikely win, and if these two teams do meet in the Finals, it will be a mouth-watering contest. The Warriors did have a final chance to win the game, but Kevin Durant turned the ball under questionable circumstances.
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With this game, the tone has been set for the rest of the season, and we look forward to more such encounters in the future.