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Monday, December 6, 2021

Warrior Chief wakes up in the fourth quarter to defeat Cavaso

CLEVELAND — The Warriors made their mark in the third quarter of this season, but waited until the fourth to take control from the shorthanded Cavaliers Thursday night at the Rocket Mortgage Arena.

Missing four of their top six scorers while playing against a Cleveland team, Golden State went past 10 and entered the final period, but was able to pull away for a 104–89 victory. The Warriors held Cleveland to eight points in the fourth quarter, a point surpassed individually by Stephen Curry and Damien Lee.

Curry and Lee fueled an explosion in the fourth quarter that was fueled by Golden State’s suffocating defense, leaving the Warriors looking for isolation all night. The two guards combined for 29 points in the fourth quarter – 20 by Curry, nine by Lee – as the Warriors erased an 81-71 deficit as they entered the final period.

“We’ve kicked our butt for three quarters,” coach Steve Kerr later said.

The talks at Huddle before the fourth quarter were the impetus for the final 36-8 period. Curry started the quarter with consecutive 3-pointers, marking the start of his second 20-plus point quarter of the season.

“We talked about winning 12 minutes,” Kerr said. “Obviously with Steph on the floor, you always have a chance. …when he made those two 3s, immediately it was a game again. … just the hell of the fourth quarter.”

Curry finished with a game-high 40 points, complemented by a season-high 14 assists from Drummond Green.

But much of the game was dominated by a patchwork of Cavaliers.

Warriors used two runs with big contribution from the bench for the win.

It was Lee and Curry who stepped into the fourth quarter, but Gary Peyton II and Nemanja Bezelica provided the spark to take the Warriors out of the opening 10-0 hole.

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In one of his best games since joining the Warriors, Bejelica scored 14 first-half points, and Golden State edged out Cleveland with 22, bested only by Lee’s plus-30. Kerr said Bajelica “kept us alive” in the first half.

The long ball Cavs in their losing effort also exposed some flaws in the short ball warriors.

Cleveland defeated the Warriors 56-38 and 13-5 on an offensive glass.

“I thought Cleveland was brilliant on the glass, beating us on every loose ball,” Kerr said.

Golden State fell into the hole 10-0 and 22-9, gaining only enough momentum to go on for a while before the Cavs climbed back and took a 54-51 lead at halftime.

Cleveland was rarely missing and was cleaning glass when he did. The Warriors on the board were being nearly doubled, 31-16, at halftime. Cleveland got a second chance on seven properties and converted them to 12 points.

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