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Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors beat Cavaliers 99-92

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback.

Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in delight. It looked a lot like the dominant Durant from the NBA Finals six months ago.

Klay Thompson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:33 left, Durant delivered on both ends of the floor, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cavaliers 99-92 on Monday in a festive holiday rematch of the past three Finals.

''There's just so much joy in the arena today because it's Christmas and we all feed off of that,'' Durant said.

Durant's block against a driving James with 24.5 seconds left went out of bounds off James, who said he thought he was fouled on the play. Durant finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.

''He's one of the leaders in shot blocks a game and obviously he had five tonight, so he's been doing a heck of a job of first of all taking the individual matchup and protecting the rim, too,'' James said.

Kevin Love had 31 points and a season-best 18 rebounds, while James contributed 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in a rivalry missing one key piece: Warriors star Stephen Curry, who missed his eighth straight game with a sprained right ankle.

Thompson scored 24 points and Draymond Green had a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. It was Golden State's 12th win in 13 games after its 11-game winning streak was snapped by Denver on Saturday night.

Warriors rookie Jordan Bell traveled with 2:13 left and James tied it. Bell made up for that mistake with a key offensive rebound and pass to Thompson for his fourth 3.

James' 3-pointer with 10:39 left pulled Cleveland within one, but Green answered with a 3 and Andre Iguodala scored two of his nine points the next time down. In another key sequence, Durant blocked Tristan Thompson's shot with 6:23 to go and dunked moments later.

No surprise, the up-tempo, running rivals provided high entertainment once again. The Warriors last June captured a second championship in three years against James and the Cavaliers.

''I forgot all about it,'' Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said with a chuckle.

The teams will see each other again soon, playing Jan. 15 in Cleveland.

KD requested James for his defensive assignment, to which he explained simply, ''I just like guarding my position.''

The Cavs, having won six of seven and playing for the first time since Thursday, had their run of scoring at least 100 points end at 26 games.

The Warriors were at nearly full strength again aside from Curry, who could return this week once he goes through some scrimmages at practice.

Center Zaza Pachulia was available but didn't play after sitting out seven consecutive games, while Shaun Livingston came back after missing four games with a sore right knee.

Bell - who addressed the sellout crowd at midcourt moments before tipoff - started at center and had eight points and six rebounds.

SHOOTING WOES

The Cavs' 31.8-percent shooting was the lowest by a Warriors opponent in nearly four years, since Charlotte shot 31.2 percent from the field on Feb. 4, 2014.

''We just didn't make shots,'' Lue said.

A REAL RIVALRY

Sure, this one felt a little strange without Curry or Kyrie Irving, now in Boston.

''Golden State-Cavaliers, that's a big game, no matter who's playing, who's out,'' Lue said.

''It will be weird, without Steph, without Ky, especially the battles we've had over the last three years. So both teams look different.''

Warriors coach Steve Kerr knows just the uniforms are enough to get everybody going - and this marked the third straight Christmas matchup between the franchises, alternating home floors based on who won the title.

''It's always great to play the Cavs, they're an awesome team,'' Kerr said. ''LeBron is so amazing and it's so fun to feel the energy in the building when the two teams get together. Neither team will look the same as we will even a month from now because Steph and Isaiah Thomas both should be back, hopefully they'll both be back. ... But it doesn't even matter sometimes, just the two uniforms in the same building gets people going.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Lue isn't yet ready to guess when Thomas will return following his right hip injury. ''He is progressing very well,'' Lue said. ''The most important thing is that he is getting to practice and playing 5-on-5 and having a chance to experience feeling well after it and not having soreness.'' ... Cleveland is 19-3 since Nov. 11, including 8-3 on the road.

Warriors: Durant averaged 32 points over his seven previous Christmas Day games. ... Golden State played its fifth consecutive Christmas game and seventh in eight. ... The Warriors were 10 of 37 on 3s after they went a dismal 3 for 27 from 3-point range in losing to the Nuggets. ... Kerr began his pregame session by thanking all of the arena staff and Golden State employees for their service and for working on the holiday. ... Thompson's holiday sneakers might have stood out most: neon green on the left foot, neon pink on the right.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Visit Kings on Wednesday as they play the middle contest of a three-game West trip.

Warriors: Host Utah on Wednesday.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
K. Durant
35 SF
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
26.3 Pts. Per Game 26.3
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
56.5 Field Goal % 50.0
56.7 Three Point % 50.0
77.7 Free Throw % 88.1
+ 1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:06
+ 1 Klay Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:06
  Personal foul on LeBron James 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson 0:06
  Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Jordan Bell 0:16
+ 1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
+ 1 Klay Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
  Personal foul on Jeff Green 0:18
  Personal foul on J.R. Smith 0:21
  Team rebound 0:25
  LeBron James missed jump shot, blocked by Kevin Durant 0:24
Team Stats
Points 92 99
Field Goals 28-88 (31.8%) 38-82 (46.3%)
3-Pointers 15-36 (41.7%) 10-37 (27.0%)
Free Throws 21-25 (84.0%) 13-17 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 61 51
Offensive 19 10
Defensive 31 37
Team 11 4
Assists 12 28
Steals 8 7
Blocks 0 8
Turnovers 14 15
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 2
31 PTS, 18 REB
12 PTS, 12 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 24-10 2816232592
home team logo Warriors 27-7 2422252899
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 24-10 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Warriors 27-7 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
K. Love PF 17.6 PPG 9.3 RPG 1.7 APG 45.8 FG%
K. Durant SF 26.4 PPG 6.8 RPG 5.4 APG 51.6 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Love PF 31 PTS 18 REB 0 AST
K. Durant SF 25 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
31.8 FG% 46.3
41.7 3PT FG% 27.0
84.0 FT% 76.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Love 35 31 18 0 2 0 4 3 9/25 6/11 7/7 7 11 47 -1
L. James 40 20 6 6 0 0 7 2 7/18 2/7 4/7 1 5 31 -1
J. Crowder 28 15 6 0 1 0 0 4 5/10 3/5 2/2 4 2 22 -1
J. Calderon 17 3 2 1 0 0 0 3 1/4 1/2 0/0 2 0 7 +1
J. Smith 30 2 4 1 2 0 1 2 0/5 0/4 2/2 2 2 9 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Love 35 31 18 0 2 0 4 3 9/25 6/11 7/7 7 11 47 -1
L. James 40 20 6 6 0 0 7 2 7/18 2/7 4/7 1 5 31 -1
J. Crowder 28 15 6 0 1 0 0 4 5/10 3/5 2/2 4 2 22 -1
J. Calderon 17 3 2 1 0 0 0 3 1/4 1/2 0/0 2 0 7 +1
J. Smith 30 2 4 1 2 0 1 2 0/5 0/4 2/2 2 2 9 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wade 29 13 5 4 3 0 0 0 4/11 1/4 4/5 1 4 29 -9
J. Green 19 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 1/6 1/1 0/0 0 0 2 -6
K. Korver 21 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 3 5 -5
T. Thompson 11 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0/4 0/0 2/2 2 4 8 -4
C. Osman 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -4
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 92 50 12 8 0 14 19 28/88 15/36 21/25 19 31 160 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 36 25 7 3 2 5 4 3 8/19 3/9 6/7 2 5 41 +4
K. Thompson 35 24 7 2 0 0 0 1 8/15 4/7 4/4 0 7 35 +2
D. Green 40 12 12 11 2 1 4 1 5/11 2/8 0/1 1 11 45 +5
P. McCaw 23 9 1 2 1 0 2 2 4/10 1/5 0/1 0 1 13 -8
J. Bell 26 8 6 3 1 1 1 2 4/7 0/1 0/0 3 3 21 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 36 25 7 3 2 5 4 3 8/19 3/9 6/7 2 5 41 +4
K. Thompson 35 24 7 2 0 0 0 1 8/15 4/7 4/4 0 7 35 +2
D. Green 40 12 12 11 2 1 4 1 5/11 2/8 0/1 1 11 45 +5
P. McCaw 23 9 1 2 1 0 2 2 4/10 1/5 0/1 0 1 13 -8
J. Bell 26 8 6 3 1 1 1 2 4/7 0/1 0/0 3 3 21 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Iguodala 24 9 6 1 0 1 1 1 4/8 0/4 1/2 2 4 17 +12
O. Casspi 11 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 0 2 8 +6
S. Livingston 13 4 0 3 1 0 1 4 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 10 +2
K. Looney 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 5 -1
N. Young 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 1 1 +6
D. West 13 0 4 2 0 0 2 3 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 3 6 +4
J. McGee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Pachulia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 99 47 28 7 8 15 18 38/82 10/37 13/17 10 37 202 +35