NBA wrap: Warriors' Kevin Durant continues dominance over Cavaliers

Durant continued his form from last year's finals Monday in a big road win over the Cavaliers.

The Warriors finished the game with 33 assists and now has 147 30-assist games since Steve Kerr became head coach in 2014-15.   -  USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors marched into Cleveland on Monday to hand the Cavaliers a 118-108 loss.

Kevin Durant continued his scintillating form against the Cavaliers, established during last season's NBA finals, by scoring a game-high 32 points with eight assists and five rebounds.

The Warriors finished the game with 33 assists and now has 147 30-assist games since Steve Kerr became head coach in 2014-15. Golden State's assist total during that span is three times as many as the next-closest team — the Hawks, which has 49 such games.

Stephen Curry added 23 points and eight assists, playing in just his second game since suffering a second ankle injury in as many months.

LeBron James led the Cavs with 32 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but Cleveland continued to struggle offensively as a whole. Isaiah Thomas, still settling in with his new team, scored 19 points on 8-of-21 shooting.

James is now just 41 points away from 30,000 career points, but needs another Cavs star to find his form in a hurry.

With the loss, Cleveland (26-17) has now lost eight of its last 10, including four straight. The Warriors (36-9) continues to lead the Western Conference.


Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points with a career-high 20 rebounds and six assists in a 104-95 win over the Wizards. Having just lost Sunday night, "The Greek Freak" made sure the Bucks didn't drop two games in row.

Dwight Howard was 9 of 12 from the floor to score 21 points with 17 rebounds in a 118-107 road victory over the Pistons. Howard posted his sixth game of the season with 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds. Only DeMarcus Cousins (11) and Anthony Davis (eight) have more.


The Spurs: Playing without Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio traveled to Atlanta and was handed a rough 102-99 loss by the now 12-31 Hawks. The Spurs' guard duo of Tony Parker and Danny Green only mustered a combined 16 points, leaving too much offensive burden on LaMarcus Aldridge.


Joel Embiid established his dominance against the Raptors.

Embiid's 34 points and 11 rebounds led the 76ers to a 117-111 win over the Raptors.

Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen reached 100 3-pointers faster than anyone in NBA history.


Pelicans (22-20) at Celtics (34-10) 7:30 p.m. ET — Led by the trio of DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, New Orleans may finally live up to its playoff potential. They face a tough road match against the surging Celtics, who have won seven straight games. Boston uses a balanced scoring attack and stifling defense to limit opponents, but they are thin in the front court, which could be a problem against the Pelicans.

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