There was a lot of discussion before the Cavaliers-Warriors game about which team the game meant more to. After the Warriors’ 126-91 blowout of Cleveland, it was pretty apparent.
The Warriors shot 62 percent from the floor in the first half, on their way to a 78-49 halftime lead, and from there it was mostly garbage time the final 24 minutes. Everything seemed to go right for the Warriors on Monday. They shot the ball terrifically well, they defended fantastically, they took care of the ball and they rebounded. When the Warriors do that, forget about it.
Among the topics coming out of this one:
–The Cavaliers were on the end of a long West Coast road trip, but nobody could have expected this lopsided of a game. But from the get-go, it seemed apparent the Warriors were playing on a different level than Cleveland. It was almost as if the Cavaliers didn’t want to give it their all — for fear of losing a game they put a lot into. Then again, had they been at the top of their game, who knows if they could’ve beaten the Warriors on Monday? The bottom line is the Warriors seemed to treat the game more seriously than the Cavs did.
–Don’t look now but the Warriors are on pace to win 70 games — at 35-6. Should they end up with 70 or more wins, they would become the first team in NBA history with back-to-back seasons of 70 or more wins.
–Whether it was the Warriors’ defense or the fact that none of his teammates could make a shot, LeBron James had zero assists in the first half. For the game, he finished with just two assists and six turnovers. Throw in his 6-for-18 night from the field and it was all bad all the way around for James.
–The Warriors’ bench was absolutely fantastic on Monday. They were so good, in fact, that if Golden State somehow gets some consistency from Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and David West over the rest of the year and into the playoffs they’re going to be almost impossible to beat.
Iguodala went 5-for-5 from the field and finished with 14 points in 25 minutes; Livingston went 6-for-7 from the field and finished with 13 points in 15 minutes; and West had six points and three assists in 15 minutes. You parlay that with solid efforts from the five starters and that’s why this one was over early.