The Rundown: Cavaliers take down Warriors

Published November 12, 2023, 2:00 PMPolo Bustamante

The Cavaliers have swept the Warriors for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.


Magic 112, Bucks 97

Celtics 117, Raptors 94

Heat 117, Hawks 109

Cavaliers 118, Warriors 110

What went down

The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the season series against the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James was on his way out of Cleveland and Steph Curry was a rookie.

The Cavaliers have swept the Warriors for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, taking down Golden State in San Francisco, after winning in Cleveland a few days ago.

It was a total team effort for the Cavs with six players finishing in double figures. Caris LeVert led the way with 22 points off the bench. Donovan Mitchell backed him up with 21, while Darius Garland and Evan Mobley both finished with 19. Max Strus and Jarrett Allen rounded out the scoring with 16 and 12, respectively.

In contrast, the Warriors relied heavily on Curry who scored 30. Thompson could only manage 14 points on 31.3 percent shooting, while Andrew Wiggins had 13 on 12 shots.

The Cavaliers built a 17-point lead in the second period before the Warriors came storming back in the third to cut down the deficit to just three. Cleveland rebuilt their double-digit lead in the fourth and cruised to the easy win.

Big-time baller

The knock on Bam Adebayo is that he shrinks during big moments. In last season’s Finals, Adebayo seems to have shaken that tag with several big games to help carry the Heat.

It seems like Adebayo is riding that momentum to start the new season. With Jimmy Butler out in today’s game, Adebayo carried the load for the Miami Heat. He led the way with 26 points and 17 rebounds. He also had four assists, two steals, and two blocks in an all-around performance.

What he said 

These are pretty strong words of disappointment from Giannis Antetokounmpo after yet another loss.

“The team defense is not there. We’re not helping each other as much as we should. The gaps are so – I feel like the gaps are like wide open.”

The Milwaukee Bucks allowed the Orlando Magic to score 112 points and three players to finish with 20 points or more.

Did you see that?

Prayers up for Kelly Oubre after today’s unfortunate accident.

Extra pass

Two of West playoff hopefuls tussle in an early exciting matchup.

A young splashy Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to take down an established Warriors team coming off a back-to-back.

The Wolves have a clear size advantage over the Warriors with two seven-footers in Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert they can throw around the paint. But their real main weapon is Anthony Edwards, who is averaging close to 28 points on 50 percent shooting.

The Warriors will rely on their usuals, Curry and Thompson, to carry the load. In particular, Thompson is looking to bounce back after a subpar game today against the Cavaliers.

You can catch the game live at 9:30 AM on NBA League Pass.