Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Cleveland Cavaliers star guard Kyrie Irving scored 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting and dished out seven assists, but he didn't get much help from his teammates and Cleveland lost to the Golden State Warriors, 106-96.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' star guard Kyrie Irving fought through the flu, scored 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting, and dished out seven assists, but Cleveland still lost to the Golden State Warriors, 106-96. A slow start put the Cavs in a big hole. They fell behind 37-21 by the end of the first quarter after allowing the Warriors to shoot 56.5 percent from the field, and the deficit inspired Cleveland to launch 32 three-point attempts on the night as they tried to get back into the game.
Dion Waiters (12 points on 15 shots) struggled to produce any consistent offense, while Tristan Thompson (11 points, 10 rebounds) was forced to carry the load for a thin frontcourt that was missing Tyler Zeller and Anderson Varejao. The Cavs only managed to score 30 points in the paint on the night, while Golden State dropped in 48 paint points on 24-of-35 shooting in that zone.
With so few big men ready to answer the call, the Cavs simply got beaten up by the Warriors' frontcourt. David Lee logged 38 minutes and made the most of that opportunity. He provided a steady onslaught of points (22 points on 10-of-16 shooting), rebounds (14) and assists (6). Carl Landry helped out with 19 points on just 10 shots, and Stephen Curry (21 points, six assists, five rebounds) did his best to match Kyrie Irving's output. Cleveland grabbed a 70-68 lead in the third quarter, but the Warriors immediately responded with a 10-0 run and the Cavaliers never recovered.
Elsewhere around the Central Division, the Pistons lost to the Kings despite Greg Monroe's triple-double and the Indiana Pacers collapsed against the Atlanta Hawks and lost 89-86.
Here's a look at the rest of Wednesday night's scores:
Washington Wizards, 100, Boston 94, OT