Cavaliers fall to Warriors, 99-92, in Christmas rematch; three takeaways

OAKLAND, Calif.,– For the third straight year, the defending NBA champion has gone on to win their Christmas Day game.

The Golden State Warriors topped the Cavaliers, 99-92.

Kevin Love had a superb game as one of the few bright spots in the Cavs’ offense, scoring a game-high 31 points and grabbing a game-high 18 boards. LeBron James had 20 and a team-high six assists. Jae Crowder and Dwyane Wade rounded out Cavs’ players in double-figures with 15 and 13, respectively.

For the Warriors, Kevin Durant had 25 while Klay Thompson had 24. Draymond Green came to life in the final frame to record a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

It was a close, yet sloppy game for most of the afternoon, that ultimately came down to the final minute. Without further adieu, here are three takeaways from the Cavs’ 10th loss this season.

About the Author

Ashley Bastock
Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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