Going into last night’s game against the Cavaliers, the Warriors had lost the last four meetings. They were a part of one of if not one of the biggest collapses in not just basketball but in all of sports. They had just lost a heartbreaker on Christmas day (Kyrie Irving’s shot with .8 seconds gave the Cavs a 109-108 victory). It seemed that the teams that split the last two NBA Finals and had developed a rivalry had began to look more as if the Cavaliers were beginning to get into the heads of the Warriors players. “It’s not a rivalry to us” said LeBron James, so last night’s game had much more meaning than just game number 41 on the calendar.
And boy did the Warriors prove it.
Jumping on the Cavaliers early (10-2) the Warriors never looked back. Leading by as many as 38 points (including a 29 point half time lead), The Warriors shot 50% from the field, got a triple double from Draymond Green and Curry, Thompson and Durant combined for 67 points as the Warriors would demolish the Cavaliers 126-91. The Warriors got a total team effort and looked like the team that many considered the favorites to win the NBA championship. Sure some would say that this was just another regular season victory and that may be the case. But for many Warriors fans the 35 point victory was a loud clear message sent.