CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three straight 3-pointers, and the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors overcame a 13-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 on Thursday night.
Curry made 8 of 12 shots, including 4 of 7 3-pointers, in the final period to help Golden State outscore the Cavaliers 36-8. The Warriors ran off the first 17 points of the quarter to take an 85-81 advantage, holding Cleveland to 12 consecutive empty possessions.
The Warriors improved to 13-2. They have won nine straight over the Cavaliers and are 17-1 against them since January 2017. Darius Garland scored a season-high 25 points for Cleveland.
The Cavs (9-8) dropped their third in a row after leading by 13 heading into the fourth, shooting a woeful 2 of 14 from the field in the final period. Center Jarrett Allen sat out again with an unspecified illness, although Kevin Love had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Starting to struggle after a hot start, the Cavaliers will get three days off before welcoming the star-studded Brooklyn Nets to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Monday night.
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