Since coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals to be crowned champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers have owned “super team” Golden State, Cleveland has won the last four meetings between the teams, including the Christmas Day meeting behind a game-winning shot from Kyrie Irving over reigning MVP Stephen Curry. The script was flipped Monday. Golden State dominated the defending champions from the opening tip to the final buzzer in its 126-91 victory. Golden State’s superstar lineup was firing on all cylinders as Curry hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and 11 assists. Klay Thompson was the leading scorer with 26. Kevin Durant added 21 points and Draymond Green produced his third triple-double of the season. Cleveland shot an embarrassing 35 percent from the field, and the Cavs headed for the tunnel before the final buzzer even sounded.
Clippers trounce Thunder without Chris Paul
The Los Angeles Clippers currently hold the NBA’s longest active win streak despite playing without star forward Blake Griffin. The Clippers extended that winning streak in their MLK Day matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder despite Chris Paul injuring his thumb in the second quarter and not returning. J.J. Redick scored 20 points, DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the streaking Clippers overcame Paul’s latest injury to win 120-98. MVP front-runner Russell Westbrook scored 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting in three quarters for the Thunder, who severely missed center Steven Adams who was sidelined with a concussion.
Anthony states loyalty to Knicks despite rumors
Talk surrounding the New York Knicks is that Carmelo Anthony’s time in the Big Apple may be coming to an end. After the teams’ loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Anthony explained that he feels he has always been loyal to the team and will continue to do so. Anthony holds a no-trade clause in his contract and told reporters that waiving it has not crossed his mind. Carmelo trade rumors are just the latest drama surrounding the Knicks after Derrick Rose’s unannounced disappearance before a game last week. Rose was a no-show and later revealed that he traveled to Chicago for a family emergency. The Knicks have lost 11 of their past 13 games.