NBA regular season

Curry drops 40 as Warriors escape rival Cavaliers

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Curry drops 40 as Warriors escape rival Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4), center Jarrett Allen (31), and forward Isaac Okoro (35) during the fourth quarter at Chase Center

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Stephen Curry leads the Golden State Warriors to a much-needed win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their former finals rival and one of the NBA's top teams today

Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors won a second consecutive game for the first time this season, rallying for a 106-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday (Saturday, November 12, Manila time) in San Francisco.

Curry scored 10 straight Golden State points over a 65-second span as the Warriors notched their 11th consecutive regular-season victory over the Cavaliers.

Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points and Jordan Poole added 18 for Golden State. Draymond Green had 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and Anthony Lamb had 10 points for the Warriors.

Donovan Mitchell registered 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists but couldn’t prevent Cleveland from losing its third straight game.

Evan Mobley contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds and Darius Garland added 15 points and eight assists for the Cavaliers. Jarrett Allen had 13 points and nine rebounds and Caris LeVert scored 11 points for Cleveland.

Curry hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:18 remaining and scored a fastbreak layup 24 seconds later to give the Warriors a 100-98 lead.

Allen split two free throws for Cleveland with 44.4 seconds left, and Curry followed with a 3-pointer to make it 103-99 with 34.1 seconds remaining. Curry went 2-of-4 from the line to finish his personal flurry.

Klay Thompson scored just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting for the Warriors, who posted the back-to-back wins after five straight losses.

Golden State made 48.8 percent of its shots and was 15 of 36 (41.7 percent) from behind the arc. Curry was 6 of 11 from long range.

The Cavaliers shot 40.2 percent from the field and were 8 of 30 (26.7 percent) from 3-point range.

A four-point play by LeVert and a dunk by Allen gave Cleveland a 95-87 lead with 4:38 remaining.

Curry drilled a 3-pointer and Green scored on a layup as Golden State moved within three with 3:44 left.

The Warriors later were within one on Thompson’s 3-pointer with 2:53 left, but Mitchell sank two free throws 16 seconds later to give the Cavaliers a 98-95 lead.

Earlier, Golden State scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take a 55-52 lead before Cleveland ripped off 14 straight points.

Allen capped the spurt with a basket to give the Cavaliers a 66-55 advantage with 5:41 remaining in the period.

The Warriors narrowed their deficit to one on Poole’s 3-pointer with 11.4 seconds left before Evan Mobley slammed home a dunk at the buzzer to give Cleveland a 77-74 lead.

Mitchell had 15 points as the Cavaliers led 52-48 at the break. Curry scored 15 in the half for the Warriors. – Rappler.com

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