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Champs prevail behind D in NBA Finals rematch

OAKLAND, Calif. — Even with their long-range shots not falling like usual, the defending champion Warriors showed they were quite comfortable grinding out wins.

Draymond Green had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Golden State got defensive in its NBA Finals rematch, beating the Cavaliers 89-83 on Friday.

"It's good to have one of those every so often," guard Stephen Curry said. "If our defense shows up, we're in pretty good shape to win games. We just show our versatility and try to win different ways."

Curry added 19 points, Klay Thompson had 18 and the Warriors improved to 28-1 by winning their 32nd straight regular-season home game. Instead of doing it with 3-pointers, they maintained their edge over Cleveland by holding it to 32 percent shooting.

The Warriors were held under 100 points at home for the first time in more than a year in the regular season. It happened five times in the playoffs.

"It's good to practice and get experience in that type of game as well where it's low scoring, getting stops, knocking down free throws and executing in the half court," interim coach Luke Walton said. "It's great experience for us."

LeBron James scored 25 to lead the Cavaliers, whose six-game winning streak was snapped.

"We gave ourselves a chance," James said. "If we play like that defensively, we're going to be a very tough team to beat. Offensively, we just didn't have it. No one had it."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: James Harden had 20 points and the host Rockets slowed the Spurs with an 88-84 victory. The improved Houston defense held San Antonio to a season low in points. … Jimmy Butler scored 23, Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the visiting Bulls beat the Thunder 105-96 to snap a three-game losing streak. … Chris Bosh had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 19 points to move into No. 3 on the NBA's all-time Christmas Day list and the host Heat survived some shaky moments to beat the Pelicans 94-88 in overtime.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who plans to retire after the season, is the leading All-Star vote-getter by far. Bryant has received 719,235 votes, with the Warriors' Curry second with 510,202. … Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, hampered by a sprained ankle, expects to be able to play tonight in Atlanta.

Warriors 89, Cavaliers 83

CLEVELAND (83): James 10-26 4-9 25, Love 5-16 0-0 10, Mozgov 0-5 0-0 0, Irving 4-15 5-5 13, Smith 4-9 2-3 14, Dellavedova 4-11 2-3 10, T.Thompson 3-6 2-2 8, Shumpert 0-6 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 3-3 3. Totals 30-95 18-25 83.

GOLDEN STATE (89): Rush 0-5 0-0 0, Green 8-17 4-7 22, Bogut 2-2 0-0 4, Curry 6-15 6-6 19, K.Thompson 6-16 5-6 18, Iguodala 1-6 4-6 7, Livingston 8-9 0-0 16, Ezeli 1-4 1-2 3, Barbosa 0-2 0-0 0, Speights 0-1 0-0 0, Clark 0-1 0-0 0, McAdoo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 20-27 89.

Cleveland 19 23 17 24— 83

Golden State 28 17 19 25— 89

3-Point Goals—Cleveland 5-30 (Smith 4-8, James 1-5, Dellavedova 0-3, Shumpert 0-3, Love 0-5, Irving 0-6), Golden State 5-18 (Green 2-3, Curry 1-4, K.Thompson 1-4, Iguodala 1-5, Rush 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Cleveland 64 (Love 18), Golden State 61 (Green 15). Assists—Cleveland 12 (Love 4), Golden State 21 (Curry, Green 7). Total Fouls—Cleveland 22, Golden State 19. Technicals—Golden State defensive three second. A—19,596 (19,596).

Rockets 88, Spurs 84

SAN ANTONIO (84): Leonard 8-19 2-2 20, Aldridge 9-17 0-0 18, Duncan 5-10 3-4 13, Parker 1-7 0-0 2, Green 2-6 0-0 5, Ginobili 3-7 2-2 9, Mills 1-5 0-0 3, Diaw 5-11 0-0 10, Simmons 1-2 0-0 2, West 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 36-88 7-8 84.

HOUSTON (88): Ariza 2-4 2-2 7, Capela 2-6 2-4 6, Howard 4-6 3-8 11, Beverley 1-8 0-0 3, Harden 7-21 4-5 20, Jones 6-11 2-2 14, Lawson 3-5 0-0 7, Brewer 2-6 0-0 4, Terry 3-3 4-5 12, Motiejunas 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 32-74 17-26 88.

San Antonio 22 21 17 24— 84

Houston 25 13 23 27— 88

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 5-19 (Leonard 2-5, Green 1-2, Ginobili 1-3, Mills 1-5, Simmons 0-1, West 0-1, Diaw 0-2), Houston 7-15 (Terry 2-2, Harden 2-6, Ariza 1-1, Lawson 1-1, Beverley 1-4, Jones 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 53 (Duncan 11), Houston 51 (Howard 12). AssistsSan Antonio 24 (Leonard 4), Houston 23 (Harden 9). Total FoulsSan Antonio 20, Houston 17. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second. A18,319 (18,023).

Bulls 105, Thunder 96

CHICAGO (105): Gibson 6-8 1-1 13, Mirotic 1-5 3-3 6, Gasol 8-16 5-6 21, Rose 7-18 5-6 19, Butler 9-20 4-4 23, Snell 1-4 0-0 3, Hinrich 1-2 0-0 2, Brooks 2-4 0-0 6, Portis 3-8 0-0 7, McDermott 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 40-92 18-20 105.

OKLAHOMA CITY (96): Durant 11-21 6-6 29, Ibaka 3-12 0-0 6, Adams 1-4 1-2 3, Westbrook 9-23 7-13 26, Roberson 1-6 0-0 2, Kanter 6-12 2-2 14, Waiters 1-6 0-0 2, Collison 1-2 0-0 2, Augustin 1-4 0-0 3, Morrow 3-6 0-0 9. Totals 37-96 16-23 96.

Chicago 32 22 32 19— 105

Okla. City 26 26 16 28— 96

3-Point Goals—Chicago 7-18 (Brooks 2-2, Snell 1-1, Portis 1-1, Butler 1-3, McDermott 1-4, Mirotic 1-5, Gasol 0-1, Rose 0-1), Oklahoma City 6-24 (Morrow 3-6, Augustin 1-2, Durant 1-6, Westbrook 1-7, Roberson 0-1, Ibaka 0-2). Fouled Out—Rose. Rebounds—Chicago 63 (Gasol 13), Oklahoma City 57 (Kanter 13). Assists—Chicago 22 (Gasol 6), Oklahoma City 20 (Westbrook 8). Total Fouls—Chicago 19, Oklahoma City 15. Technicals—Gibson, Ibaka. A—18,203 (18,203).

Heat 94, Pelicans 88, OT

NEW ORLEANS (88): Gee 0-2 0-0 0, Davis 13-29 2-3 29, Asik 1-1 0-0 2, Evans 2-9 2-2 6, Gordon 5-15 5-5 16, Anderson 7-14 1-1 18, Holiday 4-9 0-0 9, Cole 4-10 0-0 8, Cunningham 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-90 10-11 88.

MIAMI (94): Deng 3-8 0-0 9, Bosh 11-25 6-7 30, Whiteside 3-7 2-4 8, Dragic 3-8 1-2 7, Wade 7-20 5-9 19, Winslow 3-6 2-3 9, Green 3-10 0-0 6, Udrih 1-2 2-2 4, Haslem 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-88 18-27 94.

New Orleans 15 23 14 26 10— 88

Miami 27 15 21 15 16— 94

3-Point Goals—New Orleans 6-20 (Anderson 3-6, Davis 1-2, Gordon 1-3, Holiday 1-3, Evans 0-1, Cunningham 0-1, Cole 0-2, Gee 0-2), Miami 6-26 (Deng 3-5, Bosh 2-8, Winslow 1-3, Dragic 0-2, Wade 0-2, Green 0-6). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—New Orleans 51 (Davis 15), Miami 66 (Whiteside 17). Assists—New Orleans 19 (Evans 7), Miami 19 (Dragic 6). Total Fouls—New Orleans 20, Miami 15. Technicals—New Orleans defensive three second, Miami defensive three second 4. A—19,845 (19,600).

Champs prevail behind D in NBA Finals rematch 12/25/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 25, 2015 10:51pm]
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