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NBA -- Warriors hold off Cavs to sweep season series


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CLEVELAND -- The Golden State Warriors ca​me back from a nine-point deficit to ​beat the Cleveland Cav​a​liers​, 118-108, on Sunday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland​.

Kevin Durant led ​the reigning NBA ​champs with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists while Steph Curry finished with 23 and 8 dimes. The come from behind win gave the Warriors a regular season sweep over the Cav​alier​s, whom they beat last Christmas Day at the Oracle Aren​a in Oakland​.

It was a complete team effort for Golden ​S​tate as Draymond Green had 11 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists. Klay Thompson added 17.

​The Warriors, who shot 41 of 85 from the field, made only 12 of 32 triples, but Durant made the one that mattered the most --- a 26-footer that pushed the Warriors' lead to 116-104 with 1:50 left to play in the fourth quarter. Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, nded up making 9-of-16 from the field and 4-of-6 from long distance. He also swished all 10 of his free throws.

​LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 32​ points, 8 rebounds and six assists. But the King was hounded by 8 turnovers, missed both of his 3-point attempts and went just 8-of-13 from the free throw line​. Isaiah Thomas had a productive 19 points and 4 assists while Kevin Love added 17 and 7 boards, but the Cavs got little support from the rest of their starters and the bench.

​The Warriors have won three straight and 8 of their last 10. They currently lead the league's overall standings with a 36-9 slate. Their next assignment is against the surging Chicago Bulls tomorrow at the United Center.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, have dropped four in a row and have won only two of their last 10 outings. Their record fell to 26-17, third place in the Eastern Conference and 7.5 games behind the 34-10 Boston Celtics. ​

Photo: Klay Thompson finished with 17 points to help Golden State beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Sunday night at the Quicken Loans Arena​.


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