Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points while matching his season best with 11 assists in the Golden State Warriors’ 126-91 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five 3-pointers, and Draymond Green produced his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He also equaled his career best with five blocks.
The Cavaliers’ LeBron James had 20 points, shooting 6 of 18, with 8 rebounds.
Kevin Durant added 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks for the Warriors in a much-hyped matchup after Golden State lost, 109-108, in Cleveland on Christmas Day.
The Warriors squandered a 3-1 advantage over the Cavs in the N.B.A. finals last year. Monday’s game represented the Cavs’ first trip to Oracle Arena since they captured the title there seven months ago.
Kyrie Irving — who hit game winners against Golden State in the past two matchups, including the championship clincher — scored 17 points on a day when Cleveland committed 15 turnovers and had only 11 assists.
The Cavs shot just 35.2 percent (31 of 88) over rall.
Green and James tangled with 6 minutes 55 seconds left in the first half. Golden State led, 52-35, when James collided with Green near midcourt, resulting in a flagrant-1 foul on Green. James went down hard and remained on the court. Green appeared to mock James for flopping.
After a long replay review, a double technical was called on Green and Cleveland’s Richard Jefferson.
Green and James have a history: Green was suspended for Game 5 of last season’s N.B.A. finals after swiping at James during the previous game. Green’s absence helped swing the series.
Curry’s pull-up 3-pointer just before halftime on Monday sent his team to the locker room with a 78-49 lead.
Cleveland had won the past four meetings.
A day after the loss at Cleveland last month, the N.B.A. said that James should have received a technical foul for hanging on to the rim with 1:43 to play and that Jefferson had fouled Durant on the game’s final play.
On Monday, Durant’s driving jam with 1:43 left in the second quarter sent Oracle Arena’s sellout crowd into a frenzy.
Zaza Pachulia pulled down 13 rebounds as Golden State finished with a 58-35 edge. Andre Iguodala came off the bench to make all five of his field-goal attempts to finish with a season-high 14 points, and Shaun Livingston added 13.
The Cavs’ new addition, Kyle Korver, who was acquired from Atlanta on Jan. 7, scored 11 points off the bench.